Every summer, around the middle of July, we go saskatoon berry picking. Saskatoon berries are native to western Canada and north-western United States. They are similar to a blueberry in color and size, but saskatoon berries grow on tall bushes, where blueberries are found very low to the ground. Saskatoon berries are more tart than blueberries and have a less mushy texture. Not to dis the blueberry, but saskatoon berries are actually higher in protein, fiber, vitamin C, iron, and potassium than the blueberry. Saskatoons can be interchanged in any recipe that you would normally use blueberries, and they are easier to pick. It’s a win win!
This year, due to the incessantly long winter, and the rainy, wet spring, the saskatoon berries were abundant. And huge! They literally dripped off the bushes! And not surprisingly, they are delicious!
However, to get access to that heavenly fruit, you had to beat back mosquitoes that were the size of house cats. It was +30 degrees Celsius outside, and the humidity made it feel like you were picking berries on the surface of the sun. Sweat dripped into our eyes and burned like battery acid, but there was no way that we were passing up the opportunity to pick saskatoons. However, it was so muggy and mosquito infested that we had two pickers (my teenage boys) give up about 10 minutes into it and they waited for the rest of us in the car. Wimps.
We picked close to 30 lbs of berries in just under 1-1/2 hours. Now my freezer is stocked for cakes, jam, syrup, or whatever else I feel like making all winter long. And that includes these delicious saskatoon crumble squares. Soooo worth the mosquito bites!
You may also like: