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Heritage and Indigenous Foods

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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Cariboo Sunflowers

Cariboo sunflowers are a beautiful marker of spring and in the not-too-distant past they were also an important food crop for the First Nations peoples of the BC interior. This plant, also known as arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata), is a member of the aster family. Nowadays it grows plentifully on hillsides and grasslands.        […]

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Wild Mushrooms

Wild mushrooms that grow in British Columbia have wonderful names; Hideous Gomphidius, Blewit, Fat Jack, Shaggy Parasol, Lion’s Mane, Tippler’s Bane, birch polypore.  They were some of the surprise findings on a recent wild mushroom tour I took with Charles Reuchel of Elements Adventures , based in Vernon, BC. Mushrooms are fascinating on many levels. The […]

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Buffaloberry – A Super Fruit

Buffaloberry – A Super Fruit   The buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensi), also known as bulberry, soopolallie, soapberry or foamberry, is a old/new super fruit that grows in every province across Canada (except PEI) and also the western and northern United States. The buffaloberry bush grows one to four metres high in open forests and thickets and […]

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