Siya/ Wild Berries Give Okanagan Foods Unique Appeal

The Saskatoon Berry has for centuries been a critical source of food for the Okanagan People. The white blossoms that bloom in the spring later turn into bright crimson berries that were the Okanagan people’s main source of Vitamin C and other important nutrients  as they were gathered from the wild in the summer months.

In this episode, host Tracey Bonneau takes us to an historic meeting place of the original Okanagan people and the early settlers of the region, the Grist Mill in Keremeos, BC.

The Grist Mill is the only surviving water-powered flour mill west of Winnipeg, and the mill’s founder was an influential settler who had a friendly relationship with the First Nations people of the area. The Grist Mill initiated the Okanagan people’s first experience working with flour as a food source, and is a good example of the fusion between Okanagan and European cooking methods.

In this episode, Tracey and Grist Mill curator Chris Mathieson gather Wild Rose, Elderberries and Saskatoon Berries, and prepare them at the Grist Mill’s outdoor summer kitchen.

Recipes include Tracey’s favourite Saskatoon Berry cobbler, a Saskatoon Berry Pie made with flour from the Grist Mill, and Soapberry Ice Cream, an Okanagan Nation traditional favourite.


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