What do saskatoons taste like?
This of course is a difficult question to answer. Although similar to blueberries, they have a fuller wild flavor and have very tiny almond-flavored seeds inside.
Pick the berries that are most purple as these are the ones that are ripe and sweet. The branches bend down allowing one to reach higher berries. I often picnic in a place where they are growing.
If you cannot pick them; you will often find them in farmerís markets in Canada.
My Love Affair
My friend suggested I use the term “love affair” because I am mad it seems about picking berries of all kinds.
I go out picking them as soon as they are ripe. Technically Iím a city girl since I was born and raised there, but I still picked 5 1/2 gallons and froze 4 gallons of these small treasures this year – without leaving the city limits. I found a wild spot where I take special friends; we pick, eat and talk. It is always fun even when we compete in a fun way to see who picks the most.
When I ate the last of my fresh saskatoons I discovered that I was a saskatoon addict and drove to a country farm to pick 2 more gallons which I am not freezing; I am eating two bowls a day while they are around. I love them fresh best!
I even planted two bushes in my front yard. They are full of showy flowers in the spring, colorful berries in the summer and then beautiful leaves in the fall.
As a child, my father would load all five of us kids into his blue Chevy pickup truck with buckets for all. We would drive out hunting near the woods, creeks and river valleys. We loved going picking saskatoons because we loved the taste of saskatoons thus we would always come back with full tummies and of course full buckets too. Back then my mother would preserve dozens of jars of them for us to eat in the winter. I fondly remember those delicious jars of saskatoons I helped my mother make for us – so delicious.
Now I freeze them which is easier and more nutritious.
Here is one simple recipe: Saskatoon Crumble
And to learn more about Cooking With Wild Plants