Fresh Local Saskatoon Berries for Sale ~ $5/lb
Wikipedia article below gives you the nutritional info.
Super ridiculously high in vitamins/antioxidants,
Double that of Black Raspberries, Blueberries, Goji berries etc.
In addition, they have been used to prevent miscarriage, and given to women after childbirth.
(different article, easy to look up)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
, the saskatoon
, Pacific serviceberry
, western serviceberry
, alder-leaf shadbush
, dwarf shadbush
, chuckley pear
, or western juneberry
is a shrub with edible berry-like fruit, native to North America
across most of western Canada
and in the western and north central United States
. Historically it was also called "pigeon berry".
It grows from sea level in the north of the range, up to 2,600 m (8,530 ft) elevation in California and 3,400 m (11,200 ft) in the Rocky Mountains.
in high Sierras California - flower clusters on short racemes; leaves elliptical, toothed above middle
The name "saskatoon" derives from the Cree
inanimate noun misâskwatômina
(misâskwatômin NI sg
saskatoonberry, misâskwatômina NI pl
The city of Saskatoon
is named after the berry.
It is a deciduous shrub
or small tree
that can grow to 1–8 m (3–26 ft) (rarely to 10 m or 33 ft) in height. Its growth form spans from suckering and forming colonies
are oval to nearly circular, 2–5 cm (0.79–2.0 in) long and 1–4.5 cm (0.4–1.8 in) broad, on a 0.5–2 cm (0.2–0.8 in) leaf stem
toothed mostly above the middle.
As with all species in the genus Amelanchier
, the flowers
are white, with 5 quite separate petals. In A. alnifolia
, they are about 2–3 cm (0.8–1.2 in) across, and appear on short racemes
of 3–20 somewhat crowded together, in spring
while the new leaves are still expanding.
is a small purple pome
5–15 mm (0.2–0.6 in) in diameter, ripening in early summer
in the coastal areas and late summer further inland.
There are three varieties
- Amelanchier alnifolia var. alnifolia. Northeastern part of the species' range.
- Amelanchier alnifolia var. pumila (Nutt.) A.Nelson. Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada.
- Amelanchier alnifolia var. semiintegrifolia (Hook.) C.L.Hitchc. Pacific coastal regions, Alaska to northwestern California.
Cultivation and uses
Seedlings are planted with 13–20 ft (4–6 m) between rows and 1.5–3 ft (0.5–1 m) between plants. An individual bush may bear fruit 30 or more years.
Saskatoons are adaptable to most soil types with exception of poorly drained or heavy clay soils lacking organic matter. Shallow soils should be avoided, especially if there is a high or erratic water table. Winter hardiness is exceptional but frost can damage blooms as late as May. Large amounts of sunshine are needed for fruit ripening.
With a sweet nutty taste, the fruits have long been eaten by Canada's Aboriginal people
, fresh or dried. They are well known as an ingredient in pemmican
, a preparation of dried meat to which saskatoon berries are added as flavour and preservative
. They are also often used in pies
and sugar-infused berries similar to dried cranberries
used for cereals
, trail mix
and snack foods
In 2004, the British Food Standards Agency
suspended saskatoon berries from retail sales
pending safety testing, a ban that was eventually lifted after pressure from the European Union
Canadian growers are currently moving to position saskatoon berries as a superfruit
, following the vogue for such fruits as wild blueberries
, and açaí
Diseases and pestsAmelanchier alnifolia
is susceptible to cedar-apple rust
Nutrients and potential health benefits
The 5–15 mm diameter pomes ripen in early summer.
Saskatoon berries contain significant Daily Value amounts of total dietary fibre, vitamins B2
(riboflavin) and biotin, and the essential minerals
, iron and manganese, a nutrient profile similar to the content of blueberries
Notable for polyphenol antioxidants
also similar in composition to blueberries,
saskatoons have total phenolics of 452 mg per 100 g (average of Smoky and Northline cultivars
(61 mg) and anthocyanins
although others have found the phenolic values to be either lower in the Smoky cultivar
or higher. Quercetin
, and malvidin
were polyphenols present in saskatoon berries.
Particularly for saskatoon phenolics, inhibition of cyclo-oxygenase
enzymes involved in mechanisms of inflammation
have been demonstrated in vitro
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