|Saskatoon Berries – What are they?
The Saskatoon berry is a plant native to North America. While gaining in popularity in Canada, they are not well known in the United States. Perfect for growing in Northern climates and friendly to a variety of soil conditions, we at the Saskatoon Berry Patch of Michigan are looking to change that.
In the U.S., Saskatoon berries are most commonly known as “service berries”. Resembling a blueberry in color and size, they are also called “June berries”, “prairie berries” and “Canadian berries”. While “berry” shows up in all those names, the Saskatoon berry is really a Pome fruit. This means it is more closely relate to the apple than the blueberry. The Saskatoon berry is blessed with a juicy flesh and core that does have a similar taste to the blueberry but with almond overtones that give it it’s unique flavor.
Rich in antioxidants, Native Americans have been using the Saskatoon berry for generations as a remedy for everything from snow-blindness to menstrual cramps. A super fruit waiting for its moment in the modern spotlight, Saskatoon berries are a delicious way to help maintain your health.