Here’s a snapshot of the plentitude of nutrient value, common among berries in general, and found in blackberries and salal berries: high levels of vitamin C and A, and antioxidants known for their anti-cancer properties. Not too shabby for a ‘weedy’ berry. Most berries are bursting with healing properties. As a holistic nutritionist, it is believed that food is medicine and works as powerfully as medicine, and there are many studies that show this repeatedly.
Salal grows from Alaska south through British Columbia, Washington and Oregon to Southern California. The berries ripen to a dark blue-black in the late summer or fall. They taste sweet but rather bland. They do make good jellies and jams. Salal berries are similar to blueberries but the fruit is seedier and more acidic. They are bluish black in color and oblong.
Of all the known sources for xanthones, the mangosteen fruit supplies some of the highest amounts found in nature. Xanthones are a biologically active phytonutrient with very potent antioxidant properties. Vemma’s source of mangosteen is wildcrafted, which is the practice of harvesting plants and fruits from their natural or “wild” habitats.