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Foraging For Food in August

Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

by Jesse Trail

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 Manitoba.

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)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)

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.

Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

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.

Saiai (gaultheria shallon)
Saiai (gaultheria shallon)

Saiai (gaultheria shallon)

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.

Christine Ly

Christine Ly

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