Saskatoon Berries, often referred to as Saskatoons are purplish-blue berries grown on a shrub type bush. Although they look similar to blueberries they have a unique flavour that is excellent in preserves and pies and very tasty right off the bush.
Saskatoon berry harvest usually begins in early July and will last two to three weeks.
Storage and Handling: Store berries in a cool refrigerator OR AT 0 degrees C with 90-95%humidity. This will prolong shelf life and reduce moisture loss. Saskatoons should be consumed within 10-14 days of purchase or they can be frozen up to a year.
Saskatoons are easy to harvest, prepare and store. There is no cutting, peeling or pitting! When freezing remember - don't not wash saskatoons before you freeze them. Place berries one layer deep on baking trays; freeze, then pack in plastic bags or containers. Rinse and drain frozen berries just before using.
||% Cal. Fat
Based on 1 cup fresh Saskatoon Berries
| 18 gms
|| 6.0 gms
Saskatoon Historical Facts
The Saskatoon Berry’s name is derived from the Cree word Mis-sask-quah-toomina, a word that sounds similar to Saskatoons. The Aboriginal people and early pioneers used Saskatoons as a staple food in traditional foods such as pemmican.
Saskatoon Horticultural Facts
The Saskatoon grows on a shrub like bush that can grow as high as 6 metres in height. The plants are used as commercial crop, in home gardens and as a landscape shrub. The Saskatoon is a member of the apple family and is very hardy. This berry is native to most areas of Canada and is also known by many other names including service berry.