Everyone loves blueberries and many have heard how healthy they are for you.
The berry I am in love with more is a close cousin – the saskatoon. It actually has more nutrition and benefits.
Following are all the facts and benefits of these little purple powerfoods and my own experience with them.
- June Berries
- Service Berries
- Pigeon berry
- Has one to four teeny tiny seeds inside which you usually don’t notice.
- Was a staple food for the North American Indian people. Tribes held ceremonies and feasts to celebrate the beginning of the Saskatoon harvest.
- The Cree name for this plant is ‘mis-ask-quah-toomina’ which early settlers shortened to ‘saskatoon.’
- The city named after this berry has the most hours of sunshine and the fastest economic growth of any city in Canada. The legendary Joni Mitchell grew up there.
- Packed with antioxidants – those mighty fixers for the body which repair damage, prevent heart disease, and slow down aging.
- Has over six times the amount of calcium as blueberries (see saskatoon study).
- Has twice the manganese of blueberries.
- Has more protein, fat, fiber, and iron than blueberries.
- While the berry has been used for liver troubles and diarrhea, its inner bark or roots were a remedy for constipation.
- A 100 gm serving has 22 percent of your daily requirement for iron.
- Like all fruit, it has natural sugars, or smart carbs, so you don’t deal with dangers of white sugar.
- Because of all this power-packed nutrition we put them in the category of powerfoods, like seaweed, spinach and cabbage.