A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

McCord Creek Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge, OR 6/2013.

Common in the dry, western, low-elevation Cascades, this shrub is said to have been a favorite of famed botanist David Douglas.  Both its urn-shaped flowers and its thick, leathery leaves add to its appeal, and it is often used in floral arrangements.  The dark blue, edible berries were eaten by early settlers in pies and jams and were an important food source for Native Americans, including the Chinook, who made cakes of the dried berries for winter storage, and gave the plant its common name.

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One response

  1. Nothing quite like the rich velvety seed centered taste of ripe salal

    March 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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