Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Saskatoon berry ( Amelanchier alnifolia )

Fruit Warehouse | Saskatoon berry ( Amelanchier alnifolia ) | The name derives from the Cree inanimate noun misâskwatômina (sg saskatoonberry misâskwatômin NI, NI misâskwatômina saskatoonberries pl). The city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is named after the berry. Amelanchier alnifolia, the Saskatoon, Pacific serviceberry, shadbush alder-leaf, dwarf shadbush, or western juneberry, is a shrub with edible berry-like fruit, native to North America from Alaska across most of western Canada and in the western and north central United States. Historically it was also called "pigeon berry".

Saskatoons are adaptable to most soil types with the exception of poorly drained or heavy clay Soils lacking organic matter. Large amounts of sunshine are needed for fruit ripening. In 2004, the British Food Standards Agency suspended Saskatoon berries from retail sales pending safety testing, a ban was eventually lifted That after pressure from the European Union. Canadian growers are currently moving to position Saskatoon berries as a superfruit, following the vogue for Such fruits as wild blueberries, cranberries, pomegranates, and acai.

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