Sunday, June 24, 2007

Love the Amalanchier, Eat the Amalanchier!

I hesitate to tout the virtues of Amalanchier fruit, since that may leave less in the world for me, but I can't in good conscience keep such a fabulous taste to myself. Amalanchier (aka juneberry, serviceberry, saskatoon) is an amazing plant. It has fabulous white flowers early early in spring, pretty, plump berries that ripen from red to purple, and great yellow/orange fall color. It grows well in the ground and in containers, in full to part sun.
But here's the important part! Those berries are delicious. Earlier this week I made Amalanchier-Rhubarb jam (killer) and last night my friend Sara and I made Amalanchier sorbet. We substituted frozen sumac juice for the water in the recipe and the result was an intense, not too sweet, deep purple, taste explosion. (I recommend straining the fruit mixture before putting it in the ice cream maker, but it's not necessary. The seeds are about the same size as raspberry seeds.)

Amalanchier fruit ripens between now and the end of July (depending on where you live), so keep your eyes open and never travel without a zip lock bag to collect the harvest. You'll find Amalanchier in city parks, back yard gardens, and country roads. Better yet, plant one of your own. And email me if you want that sorbet recipe.


At July 2, 2007 at 6:03 PM , Blogger molly said...

you might wanna check out my post today about a good ole crumble that these little berries would be fantastic in!

At July 3, 2007 at 4:51 PM , Blogger Domino Bianchi said...

I am going to keep my eyes peeled. Do they grow in CA?

At July 7, 2007 at 8:47 PM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

Different species of Amalanchier grow all over the U.S. and Canada. Some are more delicious than others, but none are poisonous, so try a berry and if it tastes good, go ahead and pick.


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