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I just missed the Saskatoons and went out to pick. The majority were past their prime but I got enough to make awesome Biscotti..

Has anyone picked the wrinkly ones and rehabbed them in the winter? Naturally dried....
 
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Not as nice, but still worth the effort IMO. It's harder to sort the nice ones from the rest when they're all dry. Depending on conditions, some could be a little fermenty, buggy, musty -- but cook them up in a sauce or stew and they are perfectly safe little nutrition bombs.
 
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Hi Janet;  I can't answer your question but I wanted to comment that my whole life those berry,s were known as service berry's (pronounced Sarvice berry).
Never until the last month or two have I heard them called Saskatoon's.
Enjoy your Biscotti!
 
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Offhand, I think it's a Cree word. Serviceberry is broadly used in the US; north of the the medicine line, everybody calls them Saskatoons.
 
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My mom was Canadian so she called them Saskatoons; here in Eastern Washington they are Service berries.  I completely refuse the Juneberry thing
 
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It's been a while, but I vaguely recall:

What's in a name? That which we call a Saskatoon
By any other name would taste as sweet;


-Permio and Juliet, Act III, Scene II

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So I just had to jump in here scratching my head......and I'm assuming that Sasktoonberry, Pembinaberry, and Juneberry are the same thing?   Or are there quite different ecotypes?  Cuz I'm wondering how it is that you have any berries this late in the season (south of the Canadian border) on a Saskatoonberry bush.  What am I missing here?......Our Juneberries were late this year and picked in mid-July.  But that was pretty darn late by our usual standards and we are just outside of Fargo, ND.  This has me stymied......Thanks!

[Yes Douglas A....... duck.....cuz here comes the half-ripe tomato from the dark abyss of the audience.... ;-)  ]
 
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Hi John;  Extreme western Montana and the service berry's are still going strong.
It is very wet here compared to most of the state.
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Hey John...eastern Washington the Idaho/ Canada border. Huckleberries still on @ 4000 feet plus; some elderberries starting; Saskatoons at 2200 feet are finishing but more up higher. It’s about right for us.

I’ve never heard Pembinaberry but Service(Sarvice) and Saskatoon are the same.  Someone started the Juneberry thing and I guess that’s the new Saskatoon name.
 
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Douglas Alpenstock wrote:It's been a while, but I vaguely recall:

What's in a name? That which we call a Saskatoon
By any other name would taste as sweet;


-Permio and Juliet, Act III, Scene II

(ducks)



Oh Permio Permio, wherefore art thou Permio.  
 
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Janet Reed wrote:

Oh Permio Permio, wherefore art thou Permio.  



Unfortunately, in the present rendition, lacking a bit of fair Permio's vim, vigor, and vitality..... and doing a bad job of outrunning the shadow of second childhood! :-P

"Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything."  - As You Like It.


How did we get all of this out of Saskatoon berry phenology?.... ;-)

Wow.....and I thought Juneberries were a no-questions-asked and take-no-prisoners EARLY berry crop.  So nifty all of the adaptation that has occured along the way for the different climes.  I've heard the blueberries in the PNW can get certain bad diseases at times.....are the Saskatoons as susceptible to these diseases?  Can the Saskatoons substitute for blueberries where the diseases are a problem perhaps?
 
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John Weiland wrote:

Janet Reed wrote:

Oh Permio Permio, wherefore art thou Permio.  



Unfortunately, in the present rendition, lacking a bit of fair Permio's vim, vigor, and vitality..... and doing a bad job of outrunning the shadow of second childhood! :-P

"Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything."  - As You Like It.


How did we get all of this out of Saskatoon berry phenology?.... ;-)

Wow.....and I thought Juneberries were a no-questions-asked and take-no-prisoners EARLY berry crop.  So nifty all of the adaptation that has occured along the way for the different climes.  I've heard the blueberries in the PNW can get certain bad diseases at times.....are the Saskatoons as susceptible to these diseases?  Can the Saskatoons substitute for blueberries where the diseases are a problem perhaps?



When you are sans Blueberries I find Saskatoons fill in nicely.  IF they are the big juicy ones.  Some years they are drier tasting?  Some people scoff at Saskatoons. Not I.

I have never seen Saskatoons susceptible to disease etc.  They seem dependable, hardy and pretty ordinary. Like most wild things,



 
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