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Friday, May 23, 2014

Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

Here's another of my favorite wildflowers, Salal (Gaultheria shallon). There's something I find particularly attractive about these hairy little blossoms. The berries that come later are edible, as are the leaves, and these were a dietary staple for First Nations People on the Pacific Northwest Coast. Nowadays Salal is more likely to be harvested for its glossy green leaves since they are popular with florists.


JoJo said...

Never saw those before! Have you tasted the berries? Are they any good?

Benjamin Madison said...

Hi JoJo, I have tasted the berries - they're sweet but very mild-flavored.

Dean Lewis said...

I recall reading that 3/4 of the varieties of Canada's vegetation is to be found on the west coast.
This sure confirms it.

William Kendall said...

I haven't seen them before!