I want to honor the ancestral food systems of the land I live on and harvest from – and love with all my heart. It is in this spirit that I offer these cakes in honor of Camossung.
Whether they are native, ornamental or invasive, food plants grow in abundance in every glade, nook, cranny and garden bed along these shores. Here’s a shortlist of what I found near Camosuungs statue the other morning: salal berries, Oregon grape berries, salmonberries, native trailing blackberries, thimbleberries, elderberries, rowan berries, blackberries, rosehips, wild greens such as orache, dandelions, nettles, sea vegetables and sea lettuce, burdock, camas, wild apples and plums, and wild fennel. Clearly, we still live in the land of plenty – though we’re no longer allowed to touch.