Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Tsuyu (rainy season) is here. We’ve been harvesting Juneberries since the beginning of June. These are the best berries I’ve ever tasted. Juneberries are much sweeter than blueberries and have a slight nutty taste to them. Juneberries are native to Canada and are sometimes called, “Saskatoons”. They make a perfect fruit for jams, syrup, and toppings for cereal and oatmeal. I just love to eat them freshly picked. The bush grows to 2 meters and yields about 200 to 300 berries. They flourish in rich, composted soil, but tolerate loosely packed clay soil. They are beautiful in the spring with hundreds of white blossoms. In the fall, the foliage turns a brilliant red. I can’t find a bad thing to say about these plants. Oh, if you want a plant high in antioxidants, look no further. Juneberries top the list of antioxidants, far above blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, strawberries, etc.
Don't run to the supermarket to buy Juneberries. You probably won't find them. Besides what's the fun in that? Just go to the nursery and pick up a plant or two...or three. We have five plants, but plan on doubling that very soon. Locally, Handsman and Komeri sell Juneberries. If you see one, buy it because people are starting to find out how great these plants are.