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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Wild Things with Stanzie

We have always called Stanzie, the "Wild Child" and "Coyote Girl".
She has always known her way around native edible plants.
This is what she discovered on our campus walk today.
Gaultheria shallon 

Stanzie would like to host her own reality TV show, featuring survival skills in the wilderness.

Stanzie
Hunter-Gatherer Queen

Gaultheria shallon is a leathery-leaved shrub in the heather family, native to western North America. It is known locally as Salal or Gaultheria in Britain.
Its dark blue berries and young leaves are both edible and are efficient appetite suppressants, both with a unique flavor. Gaultheria shallon berries were a significant food resource for native people, who both ate them fresh and dried them into cakes. They were also used as a sweetener, and the Haida used them to thicken salmon eggs. The leaves of the plant were also sometimes used to flavor fish soup.
More recently, Gaultheria shallon berries are used locally in jams, preserves and pies. They are often combined with Oregon-grape because the tartness of the latter is partially masked by the mild sweetness of Gaultheria shallon.

15 comments:

  1. Interesting and apparently growable in Oregon!

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  2. Stanzie, can't wait for your survival show to be commissioned. We in the UK are getting a bit tired of Ray Mears and Bear Grylls (the latter is, disappointingly, a human not a bear).
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  3. Go, Stanzie! As we Sibes like to say, "the world is our salad bar!"
    Play bows,
    Zim

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  4. I think Denny and Stanzy could team it - he can't walk by any plant without a quick nibble on it.

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  5. I would be totally down for that show! I took a foraging lesson in Central Park, so I love learning all about those edible plants! Way to go!!

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  6. Looks way yummier than our grass! Lee and Phod

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  7. BOL we don;t do green but we'd happily go raccoon hunting Stanzie. Have a serene Sunday. Go for the big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. Appetite suppressant?? Mom says she needs those!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  9. Hmmm, we love blueberries, wonder if they taste like that. We wish our Mom would grow berries in our yard.

    Happy Sunday.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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  10. What a clever girl! And full marks to a mum who knows all about the plants and doesn't yell 'get outta that!!' (Like some we could mention.)

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  11. Oh Stanzie, you and me gurl!!! We are just two AireChicks who can't pass up a nice nibble on greenery or edibles!!!
    I gets yelled at for tastin' Ma's plants though...she's a meanie.
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  12. You have a pretty good sniffer Stanzie
    Benny & Lily

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  13. Such a smart girl, aren't you Stanzie! Ros and Oscar

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  14. You are so smart to snack on healthy stuff that you find outside, Stanzie!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  15. Wyatt, your nose is too cute for words - especially with carrot crumbs on it :)

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