Before Europeans came
to our territory, we encouraged the native Pacific crabapple trees to grow in and around our settlements. We stored the green crabapples in water, covered with a layer of ooligan grease, in our bentwood boxes, and ate them throughout the winter. Today, old native crabapple trees are growing on our ancient archaeological sites – the legacy of our gardening efforts. In places where our people continued to live into the 20th century, like much of Húy̓at, the native crabapples are intermingled among the European fruit trees that we tended. In many areas of Húy̓at, there are still patches of these orchards, where native crabapple is growing amongst greengage plums.
Orchards