The August long weekend started out with marginal weather so we found ourselves looking for something to do.
I discovered a few Saskatoon bushes in the back yard, this soon had us talking about Saskatoon pie. It was not long before everyone was picking berries. After we exhausted the back yard bushes we thought we should be checking the roadsides in the area. Wow it was a bonanza.
However at first it looked like we were a little late as some were starting to dry up. We discovered that some bushes are ready before others. Soon we found some bushes that had just ripened and after a few hours we had about 10 pounds of berries. Now back to the cabin to make a pie.
Of course there were no pie makings at the cabin so it was off to town. One half hour and about $15.00 dollars later we were back to the cabin cleaning berries. I found myself counting down the minutes until it was ready. Wow it was everything I remembered from my childhood. I wish I could share it with everyone. But unfortunately it is all gone now and the best I can do is show you some pictures. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed the day.
About the berry:
The saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia) (also known as a saskatoonberry or Juneberry) is a serviceberry native to the Canadian prairie provinces, Canada’s Northwest and Yukon Territories, British Columbia, and parts of Alaska and the northwestern and northcentral United States. It belongs to the rose family.
This large perennial shrub or small tree densely twiggy with reddish brown twigs may grow up to 5 meters in height; it is often found in clusters.
The leaves are oval to often nearly circular, 3-5 cm long, with small teeth on the tip end.
Large numbers of white flowers, about 2-3 cm across, appear in early spring while the new leaves are still growing.
The small purple berries, actually pomes, ripen in June and July. The berries are a bit smaller than blueberries and they are sweet in taste. The edible berry has long been eaten by Canada’s native peoples; the food pemmican was flavoured by serviceberry fruits in combination with dried meats. They are now also often made into several types of foodstuffs, including pies, jams, wines, cider, beers and sugar-infused berries similar to Dried cranberry used for cereals, trail mix and snack foods.
The British Food Standards Agency attracted controversy when it pulled saskatoon berries from store shelves in England pending safety testing, the ban was evently lifted after pressure from the European Union.
The stems were also made into arrow shafts.