qwe'op (Wild Crabapple)

Growing near moist woods and stream banks or bogs, the wild crabapple can reach a height of eight metres. The bark is grey and rough, and the leaves are similar to those of apple trees. The crabapple can be eaten as picked, but can also be stored until brown and then consumed. These fruit are often yellow or purple in colour and taste sour.

Crabapple trees were numerous in the Fraser Valley, and their fruit was collected in the late summer and stored in large volumes-often in bags woven from cat-tails found in marshy areas. The fruit would often be mixed with berries, such as salal, to add sweetness to the final product. The wood of the crabapple tree was also used for hooks and axe handles, as the wood was hard and springy.

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