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Foraging for Food in July

Red Glasswort (Salicornia rubra)

Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum edule)

Description: Shrub roughly 8 feet tall with white flower clusters followed by orange to red fruits.

Range: Most of Canada. Where to look: damp forests and wet- land edges.

Eating Tips: Juicy, tart fruits are rich in vitamin C and can be eaten raw or used in jellies and more. Remove stones before eating.

Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium)

Description: 3- to 8-foot shrub most of canada. Where to look: wet meadows, swamps, marshes and riverbanks.

Eating tips: base of young leaves and the heart of young flowers can be eaten raw or boiled.

Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium)
Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium)
Trailing Blackberry Rubus (ursinus subsp. macropetalus)
Trailing Blackberry Rubus (ursinus subsp. macropetalus)

Trailing Blackberry Rubus (ursinus subsp. macropetalus)

Description: long trailing stems with thorns, white flowers and oblong black fruits.

Range: Southwest BC, including lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Where: dry to moist sites, often in thickets, fallow ground, recently cleared or burnt out areas and forest gaps.

Eating: Eaten raw, or cooked in jams or pies; also make into wine.

Red Glasswort (Salicornia rubra)

Red Glasswort (Salicornia rubra)
Red Glasswort (Salicornia rubra)

Description: Annual herb, 4 to 10 inches tall with scale-like foli- age and spiky reddish flowers.

Range: Across Canada, though infrequent in southern BC. Where to look: wet salt marshes, shorelines, and alkaline to saline soils.

Eating Tips: The shoots can be eaten raw or gently cooked. Stems can be pickled.

Saskatoon Berry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

Saskatoon Berry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
Saskatoon Berry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

Description: Shrub to small tree, 6 to 12 feet tall with oval leaves, white flower clusters and bluish to black berries.

Range: From b.C. to Alberta and north. Isolated pockets in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

Where to Look: Open woods and hillsides. Eating tips: delicious raw, or cooked in pies, jams, sauces, syrups and wines.