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We are Over the Moon for Saskatoons

Jun 11, 2012

Saskatoon Berry Northern AlbertaSome people call them Prairie Berries, but around these parts they are called Saskatoons and sometime this month they should be ready for picking.

Around this area you can tackle the towering Saskatoon bushes in various areas. One of the best locations is Saskatoon Lake, or head to a berry you-pick farm.

Saskatoon Berries resemble blueberries in size as well as color. Although the taste is somewhat similar to a blueberry, there is a distinctive subtle flavour of a "wild" fruit in the Saskatoon Berry. Just recently, a commercially-viable method of processing the berries has been developed. Up until a few years ago, these Saskatoon berries have been unavailable in the mainstream market other than local farmers' markets.

Saskatoon berries are as Canadian as maple syrup, and are a sweet essential for summer goodies and preserves; the berries are not only delicious but high in antioxidants.

There are plenty of amazing recipes for this locally grown fruit. We have included one of our favourites for classic Saskatoon Pie. Enjoy, and happy picking!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Saskatoon berries
  • 3/4 cup sugar, granulated
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pastry for double-crust pie
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, simmer saskatoon berries in water for 10 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice.
  • Stir in granulated sugar mixed with flour.
  • Pour into pastry lined pie plate.
  • Dot with butter.
  • Cover with top crust; seal and flute edges.
  • Make slits in the pie crust for air vents.
  • Bake in 425F oven for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350F oven and bake 35-45 minutes longer or until golden brown.

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