The mix of weekly rain and sunny days has proved favourable for the berry crop around Fernie this year, a stark contrast to last years dry summer in which the crop failed (and resulted in many bears scavenging in town). As a result, bushes are ripe with berries everywhere from the forests and mountain bike trails to right on the edge of town and highway. As a novice picker I decided to head out the other day to gather a bunch of Saskatoon berries and avoid the crazy supermarket prices for a fresh punnet of blueberries (wha so expensive!).
After a tip off from a friend and a 2 minute bike ride from my door, I was amongst a huge bush of them and picked away for a good 20-30 minutes. With more than enough to eat as a snack/for breakfast I decided to make a pie with a frozen shell I had in the freezer and a pretty simple recipe of a half cup sugar, some lemon zest and corn flour. With a couple spoons of greek yoghurt it went down a treat and only lasted a couple of days!
Some random google facts about Saskatoon berries:
-They look very similar to blueberries but are more closely related to the apple family.
-They taste sweet with a nutty/almond like flavour.
-They are a great source of Vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, copper and carotene and are considered a better source of calcium than red meats, vegetables and cereals. Not bad for a little berry.