While everyone else seemed to be paralyzed by fear of the 94 degree heat (which turned out to only be 90), as attested by the six cars in the Y parking lot, I decided to hit the Back Mountain Trail after the Y workout. And I’m glad I did. It wasn’t bad at all and found a bunch of stuff.
Will be interesting to see what today’s 100 degrees does to the populace. Guess most will be hunkering in place with drawn shades. Me? To be seen.
First shadberries of the year and they were far sweeter than normal so I’m gonna have to go to my big tree on Courtdale mountain and get mucho. Here’s a saucy sauce recipe.
What is a Serviceberry?
It is the fruit of a small, native tree the Amelanchier canadensis, which grows wild from Maine to the Carolinas. It is also called Saskatoonberry, Juneberry, Shadberry, Shadbush, and many other names. Serviceberry is being used extensively now in native landscaping so you can find… small groves it in many public areas. (As with all fruit gleaning, please be sure to get the property owners permission before picking any.)
It is similar to a blueberry in size and flavor, but is much sweeter and has a small, edible seed inside each berry. The seed is reminiscent of an almond in flavor.
The season to pick the berries is late May to mid June. They do not have to be fully blue to be ripe, so pick them when they are any shade from burgundy to purple. Do so quickly before any signs of rust appear on the fruit, which happens in our areas high heat and humidity.
You can adapt most any blueberry recipe for any substitute in serviceberry, just drop the amount of sugar or leave it out entirely.*
*Yes, that is right, NO sugar or sweeteners added!
Use this Serviceberry Sauce by adding it to:
– vanilla ice cream
– angel food cake
– graham crackers
– any more suggestions?
Serviceberry Sauce Recipe
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 cup water
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 quart fresh or frozen Serviceberries
Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until thickened.
You can add in 3 tbsp. of Grand Marnier, if desired.
Serve warm or cool. Can it in small jars or freeze for use later.