Montana Outdoors

May 8, 2009

Saskatoon serviceberry

Besides all of the different looks to these blossoms they have a special significance to me: in a month or so they will turn into one of my favorite berries. Many times over the years, while on long hikes in the mountains, they have provided delicious meals on the trail. They are large, plentiful and wonderful tasting. Unlike with other berries which one might eat one at a time, the proper way to eat Serviceberries is to put a whole handful into your mouth at once and it will completely flood your mouth with flavor.

Saskatoon serviceberry

Saskatoon serviceberry

Saskatoon serviceberry

Saskatoon serviceberry

Saskatoon serviceberryy

Saskatoon serviceberry, Western serviceberry
Amelanchier alnifolia
Rose family

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14 Comments »

  1. What a absolutely beautiful blossom! What is the flavor like?

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    Comment by Cedar — May 8, 2009 @ 8:59 am

    • I can’t really compare the flavor to anything else, but it’s a very light, mild one and when they are fully ripe, quite sweet and juicy. The flavor is so light, and because they have a lot of small seeds, they are not used for jellies or jam. They sure do feed a lot of birds, bears, hikers and other animals though.

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      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2009 @ 9:33 am

  2. I just checked the internet images,…they look like blueberries.

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    Comment by Cedar — May 8, 2009 @ 9:00 am

    • The bushes/trees get quite tall and carry lots of fruit. I’ve found that not even everyone who lives around here recognizes and enjoys them.

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      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2009 @ 9:36 am

  3. I love how the orange coloration bleeds into the petals.

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    Comment by Tabbie — May 8, 2009 @ 9:11 am

    • They do have a lot of color, don’t they! They cover their trees/bushes with lots of blossoms and folks are so used to looking at them that way that they seldom take a real close look.

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      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2009 @ 9:38 am

  4. YUM! Do you pronounce it “sarvisberry”? 🙂 Here is a link to another way for enjoying these berries: http://www.winemaking.jackkeller.net/saskatoo.asp

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    Comment by Maureen — May 8, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    • Yes, probably for the same reason the sergeant is pronounced “sargeant”, whatever that is. Thanks for that link! It sounds so good that I saved it and will try that this fall. We have lots of berries around. Might even try chokecherry to while I’m at it!

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      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

  5. Stunning images

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    Comment by Robert Burcul — May 8, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

  6. Wine from the berries? Sounds really interesting.

    Terry–you are really finding the wildflowers. We are still so far behind our usual spring, though I finally saw my first trillium today.

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    Comment by Bo — May 9, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

    • Yes, I must remember to try making a little wine from them.

      I’d guess about half of our wildflowers have yet to bloom. It’s really a fun time of year!

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

  7. what beautiful flowers! would love to try the berries!

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    Comment by silken — May 13, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

    • It’s one of my favorite berries. I wish they would bear fruit all summer!

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      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2009 @ 9:34 pm


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