Salal (Gaultheria shallon) Native

Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

Parts used: berries, young leaves

Other uses: A plentiful and important fruit in the Pacific NW, it was eaten fresh and dried and also mixed with other berries. The berries were dried into cakes for preservation and used to sweeten other foods as well as to thicken salmon eggs. The young leaves were chewed as an appetite suppressant. The leafy branches were used in pit-cooking and cooked as a flavoring for fish soups. A tiny cup can be made by shaping a salal leaf into a cone

Cautions: None stated (Pojar 53).

Salal Gaultheria shallon

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