Highbush cranberry (Viburnum edule)Image of Highbush cranberry

Gitxsan name:  sgants'idipxst or ts'idipxst
Wet'suwet'en name:  tsalhtse

Botanical Description

Photo courtesy of Jim Pojar (61kB)

Secondary image of Highbush cranberryEthnobotanical Use

The berries were collected in the fall after being sweetened by the frost. They were eaten fresh, or mixed with oolichan or bear grease. Infusions of the bark and twigs were drunk for coughs, tuberculosis, pneumonia and an unidentified illness referred to as "blood spitting".

The berries were never dried, but fresh berries could be preserved over the winter by placing them in a box with oolichan grease.

The Wet'suwet'en smoked the bark of the highbrush cranberry to ease respiratory pains.

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