Dont let our lack of snow fool you, it's winter time and this here is an excellent winter berry 🙌 With the common name of wolf willow, it's funny to think that Elaeagnus commutata is actually in the olive family, the elaeagnaceae family (say that 3 times quickly), and not willow!
Both the fruit and singular seed are technically edible, though chewing on the raw seed can be likened to chewing on raw popcorn kernels - not the most fun for your teeth 😬 Many people throughout time chose to eat the berry and keep the seed for use as beads in jewelry and craft making. The seed is considered quite pretty with its brown colour and unique striations. They are simply gathered, cleaned, boiled, punctured, and then dried. Once dried they can be dyed, painted, or used as is in all sorts of projects 😎
The berry flesh itself is mealy, almost powdery, but quite tasty once it's ripe. Until it is ripe it is intolerable in your mouth due to its highly astringent taste; definitely spit out worthy. They need a good couple of freezes and frosts to become ripe, meaning it literally is only ready in the winter. Wolf willow berries are great as a jelly, and added whole into soups, stews, and sauces. They are chock full of vitamins (like A, C, E), minerals, essential fatty acids, and bioflavinoids. Because of their fibrous nature, they've been known to help prompt bowel movements for some 👍
The bark can be brewed into a strong decoction and mixed with an oil for a mild frostbite treatment; likely thanks to its tenacious winter-loving personality. It has also been used in weaving and to make strong rope, blankets, and clothing.
Wolf willow makes an excellent companion in orchards, good hedges in exposed areas, and is also known as a nitrogen fixer.
Personally, I love coming across this iconic plant on my walks all over Calgary. See if you can spot one! Bonus points if you send in a picture 😁
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"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." - Pablo Picasso⠀
Giving back shouldn't just be a holiday or Christmas thing, it should be a year-round, forever thing. Remember to take care of yourself first, be you, because then you'll have more of you--more capacity and heart--to take care of others too ❤️
Check out these amazing racers with their holiday sweaters! There is only holiday spirit in the air at Speeders, no gas fumes to ruin the day with Electric ProKarts!
It is the Weekend! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
Here’s a few ways, to spend your days!
Calcutta Cricket Club. Sat Dec 16, 5pm - Midnight. 340 17 Ave SW
Christmas at Spruce Meadows: Free. > Saturday Dec 16 & Sunday Dec 17, 5-10pm. 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
Sin & Gin Soiree Cabaret: $10. > Dec 17, 6:30-9pm. Mikey’s on 12th, 918 12 Ave SW
Rec the Halls with The Jingles: Free. > Dec 16, 9pm-1am. The Rec Room Deerfoot City (901 64 Ave NE)
We are back from our hiatus and have lots of content planned for our hungry followers! Move aside Peters Drive in: Boogies Burgers in Marda Loop offers milkshakes starting at $3.25 😋😋 Featured is the holiday candy cane milkshake 🌲🌲🌲We know we will be back to try some more of their tasty cheap eats! #yyccheapeats#shakeanboogie#cheapeatsyyc#exploreyyc#yycfood
It’s an amazing experience being retired and living on a permanent play-cation! I’m really enjoying the holy-days in Calgary, Canada (the city I was born in) this winter. ❄️🎄🤸🏼♂️ I’m filling a lot of my time writing rhymes, cultivating my craft as a poet and an MC, learning new ideas from the books of my choice, having evolutionary conversations with cool people I meet on Instagram and collaborating with my good friend @danieleisenman on an epic Breaking Normal video series. I’m also discovering new music, growing my Instagram following and community, learning photography and cruising Calgary’s cafe’s with @mikesnider, and even practicing my handstand in newly-built buildings filled with people (aka learning to love having an audience.) 🎶
If you’re in Calgary and would like to connect, collaborate and play in this waking dream of life, slide me a DM! ✌🏼