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Salal or Shallon : USING THIS PLANT

  • 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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