Wild Raspberry

Secwepemc name: berries: s7aytsqwu; bush s7aytsqwmállp

wild-raspberryThe sweet, juicy, fragrant berries have always been a favourite of the Secwepemc people, especially children. Long ago, people dried them, and more recently, they put them in the freezer and made them into jam and jelly. Mary Thomas had fond recollections of a treat her granny used to make when Mary was a child. She mashed the berries and formed them into a cake, which she dried in the sun, first on one side, then on the other. Inside was a layer of congealed juice, “just like sweet jelly”. Her granny stored the dried cakes in flour sacks, and when she thought the children were deserving, she would take them out and break off a piece for them. Mary recalled, “it was delicious!. The children loved this treat.” Mary Thomas said that a tea of raspberry leaves would relax a new mother after giving birth. Wild raspberries are not as common as they used to be, in part due to overgrazing by cattle.

Ecological requirements: Grow at low to sub alpine elevations; in moist habitats, clearings, logged areas, fields. Can tolerate some shade but are most productive in partial sun.

Some along the trail and along field edge.