Sala Tips (Gaultheria Shallon)
Salal Tips, (real name Gaultheria Shallon), is a shrub native to western North America and is a member of the heather family. Salal leaves are tough and leathery, of a rounded shape and the stems are strong and woody.
When growing naturally, salal leaves and blue berries are edible. North American natives ate the berries fresh and also dried them into cakes - they were also used as a sweetener. The young leaves were also used to flavour soups. Today it is common to use salal berries to make jam, pies and preserves.
Medically, salal leaves have been used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-cramping herb. The leaves are prepared as a tea in warm water and taken to treat bladder inflammation, stomach ulcers, intergestion, diarrhea and menstrual cramps. If the salal leaf is pulped, it can be used to treat insect bites and stings.
In todays wholesale flower markets salal is available as a cut foliage and is very popular as a filler in flower bouquets and arrangements. There are three grades usually on offer: Baby Salal Tips - 40cm from stem to leaf tops, Salal Tips - 45cm from stem to leaf tops and Salal Orca - a larger leafed variety - 45cm from stem to leaf tops. On average, there are usually 25 stems per bunch.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut salal tips please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the salal in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut foliage in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit may harm most foliages). Keep the salal in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.