May 10th, 2020

Salmonberry blossom

The salmonberry flower is an indigenous flower of Nuuchahnulth people’s homelands. It is the first bloomer of the spring and always such a delight to see. When you see this flower, you know the hummingbirds are heading north on their journeys, and that they will feast on the sweet nectar of this flower. This plant also provides one of our favourite springtime fresh vegetables before the berries are ripe. It is called Maʔi, and is one of those foods many people would look at and not necessarily think it might be tasty, because the outside is covered in prickles!