Saskatoon Berries

The Saskatoon berry is a member of the apple family and is found growing wild in open woods, along stream banks and on dry slopes. The word Saskatoon comes from the Cree word mis-sask-quah-too-min. Saskatoons were very important to Western Canadian Native peoples providing food and medicine. The berries were used in stews and pemmican.

                    Nutrient Comparison of Fruit

Per 100 g  Saskatoon berries  Blueberries  Strawberries  Raspberries
Energy              84.84 Ca                   51 Ca            37 Ca            49 Ca
Protein                1.33 g                         .42 g              .7 g                .91 g
Carbohydrate    18.49 g                     12.17 g            8.4 g            11.57 g
Total Lipid (fat)     .49 g                        .64 g               .5 g                .55 g
Total Fibre          5.93 g                       2.7 g              1.3 g              4.9 g
Vitamin C           3.55 mg                    2.5 mg          59 mg            25 mg
Iron                      .96 mg                      .18 mg          1 mg                .75 mg
Pottassium      162.12 mg                  54 mg             21 mg          152 mg
Vitamin A         35.68 IU                100 IU              27 IU           130 IU

Source:  Saskatoon berries, SFGA, Conducted by POS Pilot Plant, assistance of Native Fruit Development Program (February 2003); Other fruit--USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 15 (August 2002)

 

ELEGANT SASKATOON TARTS

Easy to prepare, delicious and attractive.

 

125 Gr. Cream Cheese (4 oz..)

1 Tbsp. freshly grated lemon rind

Blend together cream cheese and lemon rind.  Cover bottom of each tart shell with cream cheese mixture.

 

Filling:

3 cups Saskatoon berries                                  3 Tbsp. Cornstarch

1 cup water                                                    1/8 Tsp. almond extract

C. sugar                                                      2 Tbsp Grande Marnier (opt.)

Crush 1 cup berries in small saucepan with water.  Simmer two minutes.  Strain and return Saskatoon juice to saucepan.  Combine sugar and cornstarch and add to sauce.  Cook over low heat stirring constantly until mixture is thick and clear.  Stir in flavorings.  Add saskatoons and stir gently.  Cool and fill tart shells.  Garnish with dollop of whipped cream.

 

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