Alaska is one of the last untouched lands left in the world, free from many of the pollutants and contaminants found elsewhere. Beautiful mountains, serene rivers, and streams, Alaska is truly an untouched beauty, boasting healthy, vibrant plant life. It can't get any purer.
Fireweed is found all throughout Alaska, in every province of Canada and in isolated pockets in the continental United States. Fireweed is hardy and prolific. It is often the first plant to begin growing after the devastation of a fire or a volcanic eruption. Fireweed can grow quite tall, as many as 4 to 6 feet tall, with long this leaves along its dense stem. The top of the plant boasts bright pink flowers and seed pods. Fireweed shoots, the small initial sprouts of the fireweed plant, carry an exceptionally high nutrient profile, making them a little-known superfood. These shoots can be eaten raw in salads or prepared similarly to asparagus. Fireweed has been used traditionally as a food source and as a remedy, especially so by the First Nations of Canada and Native Alaskans. Many even say that the growth of the fireweed and the eruption of the seed pods that release a light cotton fluff to carry the seeds in the wind can even predict how soon winter will hit, as well as how much snow will accumulate throughout the winter.
Fireweed is also known as; Adelfilla, Blood Vine, Blooming Sally, Bouquet Rouge, Chamaenerion angustifolium, Chamerion angustifolium, Chanerol, Épilobe, Épilobe en Épi, Épilobe à Feuilles Étroites, Epilobio, Epilobium angustifolium, Epilobium spicatum, Flowering Willow, French Willow, Great Willow Herb, Great Willowherb, Herbe de San Antonio, Laurier de San Antonio, Persian Willow, Purple Rocket, Rose Bay Willow, Rosebay Willow, Tame Withy, Wickup, Wicopy, Willow Herb.