What chittem bark brought to the valley


January 26, 2022

Courtesy of Wikipedia

A Cascade Sagrada plant, the source of chittem bark, shows off its purplish berries.

While reading through Lois Rice's notes at the East Linn Museum, a couple of newspaper clippings caught my attention. One, from July 1904, dealt with collecting chittem bark. The other, from September 1930, also had collecting in mind, this time of fir cones for their seed.

The first brought to mind an early experience with chittem. Two 4-year-old sisters became attracted to the clusters of small purplish berries growing outside the kitchen window on their grandparents' farm. Being warned several times not to touch them made the forbidden fruit look better, so, surreptitiously, they sampled...

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