A couple of years ago I experimented with some of our local wild berries and made some jellies for people to taste. I added them to my chocolate collection that I had put together. There is a berry here that the locals call "laughing berries". They are salal berries and are extremely flavorful. People use them to make jams and jellies and pancake syrup.
I made jellies out of the salal berries and they were very well received. They had ten times the flavor of the other jellies I had made with wild blueberries, salmon berries and raspberries. I never even got to the point of coating my jellies (pate de fruit) with chocolate, which was the original plan. The jellies were eaten up and I ran out of berries. Last year was a terrble year so I didn't get to pick any salal berries but I indend to get as much as I can this year.
My ultimate question is: Would the general population accept something like this? Something very, very flavorful but very local? Some people outside our community think that salal berries are poisonous which is wrong. maybe I should just market it as laughing berry jelly candy.
Does anyone have any opinion on this?