Toyons

Toyons

About Toyons

Heteromeles arbutifolia, commonly known as Toyon, is a common perennial shrub native to California down to Baja California. The berries provided food for local Native American tribes, such as Chumash, Tongva, and Tataviam. The berries also can be made into a jelly. Native Americans also made a tea from the leaves as a stomach remedy. Most were dried and stored, then later cooked into porridge or pancakes.