A Tlingit woman I met in Sitka told me that she likes to eat this stalk (yaana.eit) with sugar. She said her favorite food is watermelon berries with seal oil. One more thing to add to my bucket list! Seal oil!
These watermelon berries are also know as twisted stalk berries. They were delicious and I wish I could find them somewhere near New York. I was warned though that eating too many would have a laxative effect!
Bull kelp could be found on every Alaskan beach I visited. There was a gift shop in Sitka that sold pickled bull kelp and bull kelp marmalade. I haven’t tried them yet but I will post about it when I do!
Good news, I suspect watermelon berries are the berries from the plant —Streptopus amplexifolius—- which grows scattered in most of the eastern countys of New York state.
We have this plant in Atlantic Canada as well. Since reading your post I’ve researched the plant and gotta give these berries a try. thanks