Salmonberry - Rubus spectabilis
Salmonberry - Rubis spectabilis
Edible plant - novice
Other common names: Joffelberry
Season - Summer
Scientific name meaning: Rubus is from the Latin Rubra, meaning red. Spectabilis is also Latin and means remarkable, in relation to this plant's flowers
Use as a food The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked, and is thought to be more sweet and strongly flavoured in warmer summers. It has a pleasant tang.
Young stems can be peeled and eaten raw or cooked. The leaves can be used to make an infusion (tea) and the flowers can be eaten raw.
Hazards None known at time of writing
Problems It is a non-native and can out-compete native flora
Use in herbal medicine Salmonberry has been used to treat stomach complaints, burns, and labour pains, as well as being used as an analgesic and astringent
If you are suffering from any ailment or need medical advice, please see your General Practitioner
Other uses can be used to prevent soil erosion on river banks
Importance to other species provides a food source for birds and mammals
Always stay safe when foraging. You need to be 100% sure of your identification, 100% sure that your foraged item is edible, and 100% sure that you are not allergic to it (it is good practice to always try a small amount of any new food you are consuming). If in doubt, leave it out!