Thimbleberry

Secwepemc name: berries staq’wu  bush staq’wmállp 

Tthimbleberryhe soft, sweet berries were picked and eaten fresh. Seldom were enough available to dry for winter, but Mary Thomas remembers that her granny used to make a special kind of fruit leather from these berries, as well as raspberries and blackcaps. The large, soft leaves were sometimes used to cover and protect food in pit-cooking. They were also used to cover baskets of huckleberries and other fruits to prevent the berries from spilling (Palmer 1975: 67). The leaves can be fashioned into a makeshift berry-picking container by pinning the terminal lobes of the leaf together with a stick to produce a small cup.

Ecological requirements: Grows well in open forests, clearings, fields, disturbed areas (logged). Prefers low to subalpine elevations.

Frequent along the trail from the Switzmalph Cultural Center to the Salmon River Delta.