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Saskatoons: The Purple Powerfood

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Saskatoons: The Purple Powerfood

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.

Also called:

  • June Berries
  • Service Berries
  • Shadbush
  • Pigeon berry

Interesting Facts:

  • 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.

Health Benefits:

  1. Packed with antioxidants – those mighty fixers for the body which repair damage, prevent heart disease, and slow down aging.
  2. Has over six times the amount of calcium as blueberries (see saskatoon study).
  3. Has twice the manganese of blueberries.
  4. Has more protein, fat, fiber, and iron than blueberries.
  5. While the berry has been used for liver troubles and diarrhea, its inner bark or roots were a remedy for constipation.
  6. A 100 gm serving has 22 percent of your daily requirement for iron.
  7. Like all fruit, it has natural sugars, or smart carbs, so you don’t deal with dangers of white sugar.
  8. Because of all this power-packed nutrition we put them in the category of powerfoods, like seaweed, spinach and cabbage.
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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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8:40PM PDT on Oct 4, 2014

Love wild berries, they are so very delicious. Have some on hand at the moment, but these won't be around for long.

Teresa W, you are worrying about parasites in wild berries? One can easily clean them, plus the fact that humankind has been eating wild berries for eons and we are not all dead yet or infested with 'berry parasites.'

10:15AM PDT on Oct 3, 2014

good to know, thank you

8:09PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

we recently saw these in a wild-life refuge and wondered if they were year we will find them closer to home and try some for sure

4:13PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

I wonder if I could grow them here in San Diego.. Southern California?

5:46AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:51AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011


5:46AM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Thanks, I haven't actually heard of this berry until now, even with all its different names! Don't know if we find it anywhere in Australia though...

4:54AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Fascinating, I have never seen these, be great if we could all grow them

5:34PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Thanks. We have many service berry bushes growing wild on our property. I have never heard of them referred to as Saskatoons.

1:51PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Wow, thanks! I had no idea what they were.

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