Primary Uses:

  • Fresh Eating – fruit is like small blueberries
  • Baking – pies, tarts, turnovers, etc.  Use like blueberries or currants
  • Cooking – can be used in savory dishes
  • Preserves, jams, jellies, etc. The seeds are tiny (like strawberry seeds), so there is no need to strain them out
  • Dried fruit
  • Fruit Leather
  • Flavoring component to beers, wines, liquers, etc.


Secondary Uses:

  • General insect (especially bees) nectar plant
  • Wildlife food plant
  • Wildlife shelter plant
  • Groundcover plant – perfect for shady locations. Space about 3 feet (0.9 meters) apart.
  • Windbreak Shrub (very dense plant)
  • Hedge plant
  • Drought tolerant plant
  • Tea plant – from dried leaves
  • Edible leaves – young leaves are reportedly edible, but I have yet to try this
  • Salal is used in floral arrangements
  • Dye plant – fruit and leaves
  • Medicinal Uses


Yield: no reliable information can be found
Harvesting: Summer (July – August). Pick when the berries get dark and soft.
Storage: Like blueberries, will store fresh for about a week.

The dainty flowers of a blooming Salal.

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