Elder Flowers

Elder Flowers have almost finished blooming in the Okanagan Valley but as you gain altitude up Silver Star Mountain the bushes are plentiful and many are yet to bloom. I learned this week about Elderberry Fizz from a friend who was out searching in the early morning for the perfect elderberry blossoms. She says early […]

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1860s BC Mining Town Food

Mining towns such as Barkerville, BC presented a particular challenge for the provision of food for miners and others rushing into the Cariboo during the 1860s Gold Rush. There was little local food production and public eating places such as restaurants and stopping houses provided food for many people. Lately I’ve been reading The Cariboo […]

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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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Wild Red Flowering Currant

The wild red flowering currant is native to BC and also a very popular shrub in England. My husband and I moved to the Cowichan Valley this winter and I have been enjoying just getting to know my new neighbourhood.  Imagine my delight in coming across this beautiful flowering shrub on in the woods near […]

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Sun-Rype of Kelowna

“Deep roots, strong branches, the history of Sun-Rype” began as a memoir by Ian Greenwood who was a manager of new product development and later General Manager for Sun-Rype Products Ltd from 1952 – 82.  Greenwood embeds his memories in a history of orchards in the Okanagan starting with Father Pandosy in 1859, Lord and […]

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Laura Rose – Canada’s Dairying Queen

Laura Rose Stephen (1866-1963) was Canada’s Dairying Queen. Until big business took over the Canadian dairying industry she had a profound influence on quality and production of dairy products. She was born at Georgetown, Ontario, daughter of Lawrence Rose, a flour mill owner and had at least one sister and five brothers. The famous “Five […]

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A Fruitful Century – Book Review

Dendy, David & Kyle, Kathleen (1990). A fruitful century, The British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association 1889 – 1989. Kelowna, BC: British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association.  This book was written to celebrate 100 years of the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association and their role in promoting orchards and fruit production in BC along with representing the […]

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