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Saskatoons: The Purple Powerfood

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.

Picking saskatoons:

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

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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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