Although incredibly common here along the Oregon coast and even a nuisance at times due to its invasive nature, the salal berry is perhaps one of the most under appreciated and wildly abundant fruits of the Pacific Northwest. Salal can only be found along the Pacific coastline from Southeast Alaska all the way down to central California, and despite its current unpopularity, salal berries have been an important food source for Native Americans throughout history.

With the flavor of a slightly sweet, earthy blueberry, salal berries make a delicious and incredibly healthy snack this time of the year, not only for us humans, but they’re also a favorite food source for deer, squirrels, chipmunks, foxes, coyotes and black bears. Even my chickens love them!

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