Archive | Plants native to BC

Wild Potatoes – Tsilhqot’in First Nation

Wild Potatoes – Tsilhqot’in First Nation A few years ago I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting Nemaiah Valley in the heart of the Chilcotin, home of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, one of six Tsilhqot’in communities[i].  I was hired by Preserve Safe™ [ii] to do a workshop on up-to-date safe food preservation methods. While […]

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A Locavore in 1877: Indigenous Foods in G.M. Dawson Journals 1877-78

A Locavore in 1877: Indigenous Foods in G.M. Dawson Journals 1877-78 The word locavore, meaning a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food was invented in 2005 by Jessica Prentice and declared the Oxford Dictionary word of the year in 2007[i] For the Indigenous Peoples of BC, the definition […]

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Salal

Salal is the last traditional food plant I will discuss for this month. I found salal (Gaultheria shallon) among the cedar trees just steps from our property.  This sturdy evergreen shrub grows along  the Pacific coast where it spreads quickly to form dense thickets. It loves to grow in coniferous forests from the seashore to […]

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Evergreen Huckleberry

  When I saw this Evergreen Huckleberry bush in my new neighbourhood, I immediately felt at home.  I came across this lovely plant as it struggled for survival in the midst of logging debris, choked out by blackberry brambles. In one of our previous residences we planted an “edible hedge” along one side of our […]

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Okanagan Bitterroot

Okanagan Bitterroot This week as part of RespectFEST[i] in Vernon BC, I listened to Mollie Bono, an Okanagan elder, speak on the History of the First People: Pre-Contact. She spoke about the traditions of everyday life among the Okanagans, especially from a woman’s perspective and their relation to the land and their food sources. She […]

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Saskatoons – true Western Canada fruit

Saskatoons – true Western Canada fruit  Saskatoons are a true Western Canada fruit; they sustained First Nations over millennia and by extension newcomers. Saskatoons (Amelanchier alnifolia) are bushy shrubs native to Western Canada, growing on riverbanks, the slopes of coulees and as high as 3400 m. in the Rocky Mountains. The white blossoms appear in […]

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