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Canopy and understory
CANOPY AND UNDERSTORY

Unique Products from the Rainforests of Home

Prior to western settlement, the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest sustained an unusually large population and density of people primarily engaged in hunting and gathering. The role of Pacific salmon, returning in the millions to natal streams to spawn and die, as a highly nutritious and reliable food source, is legendary. Less well known but also highly significant is the role of forest plants and tree foliage and bark for food, medicine, clothing and shelter. From cedar bark for clothing, to bear grass for basketry, to spruce resin for medicine, to conifer needles for essential oils, to huckleberries and salal for food, the forest canopy and understory provided a rich and diverse pantry and medicine cabinet.

Canopy and Understory is a new line of consumer facing products created by EFM to provide access for the modern day consumer to the incredible richness of our native forests, and to demonstrate that healthy, functioning forests that produce a wide array of products—including forest foods—can be a tool to foster economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being.

Our first commercial product is Canopy and Understory Salal Berry fruit spread which is currently available in New Seasons stores in the Portland area. Rich salal berries foraged at the height of summer from deep in the understory are combined with the bright, citrusy new spring growth of spruce trees. The iconic salal plant grows deep in the understory of native forests in the Pacific Northwest and is known both for its nutrient rich berries as well as its beautiful green foliage. An important source of food for Native Americans, these salal products are rich in flavor and antioxidants.

Harvesting of berries is done primarily by Latino foragers for whom berry harvesting is a welcome opportunity in summer months when typical forest employment opportunities, such as tree planting and precommercial thinning, are generally unavailable. In addition, wild foraging provides opportunities for women that are often excluded from employment in the forest sector.

With this salal fruit spread, we bring you the flavor and aromatics reminiscent of a walk through the coastal rainforests of the Pacific Northwest The iconic Salal plant grows deep in the understory of native forests in the Pacific Northwest and is known both for its nutrient rich berries as well as its beautiful green foliage. An important source of food for Native Americans, these salal products are rich in flavor and antioxidants.

For question regarding Canopy and Understory please contact info@ecotrustforests.com

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