Manzanita is flowering at the moment. The Chumash Indians ate manzanita berries or fruits by preparing them in a variety of different ways and other Native Americans used the leaves for medicinal purposes. The wood was used by some to smoke fish.
The fragrant flowers can be gathered and soaked in water overnight to make a sweet tasting infusion. While the flowers themselves have an astringent, mouth drying taste, Mazanita infused water has a pleasant, delicate floral flavor.