Wild Rice (Zizania palustris)
Description: Grass grain spe-cies, 4 to 10 feet tall with thick stalks, long thin leaves with plumes of flowers at tops, and purple-black seeds. range: great lakes region, and wet areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Mani- toba. where tO lOOk: Shallow waters, slow flowing streams and mucky soils. eating tips: Nutritious and tasty seeds harvested in late August and into fall can be prepared in the same manner as regular rice.
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Description: Shrub or tree, 3 to 20 feet tall, with drooping, dense, white flower clusters, followed by purple, black or red fruits. Range: Across Canada; less common in Newfoundland. Where to look: Prefers rich and moist soils but adapts to poor and dry conditions, open woodlands, roadsides and forest edges. Eating Tips: Tart fruit is great in pies, jams and more. As with other cherries, the single seeds and leaves are poisonous.
Description: Shade tolerant evergreen shrub, varying from 2 to 6 feet with holly-like leaves, yellow flower clusters, followed by blue berries. Range: Most of southern B.C. Where to look: dry, open, rocky areas. Eating tips: Make into jelly, jams or syrup.
Description: Attractive undergrowth shrub of variable heights (1 foot in full sun or 6 to 8 feet in shade) with oval evergreen leaves, pinkish or white-cream bell- shaped flowers and mostly dark purple or blue fruit. Range: Mostly western b.C. Where to look: both dry and wet forests, and bogs. Eating tips: Eaten raw, dry or cooked in jams and pies.