A Cornell University-based project introducing juneberries for family farms, consumers, and culinary pros in the United States
WHAT IS A JUNEBERRY?
The juneberry, or saskatoon berry, is a tasty and nutritious berry native to North America. There are two main species: 1) the high-yielding species used as a crop is Amelanchier alnifolia, and 2) the wild shrub or tree found in the Eastern US is Amelanchier canadensis.
Sometimes confused with blueberries, juneberries taste somewhat different. The flavor of the fruit is similar to sweet black cherries or a mild blackberry, with a hint of almond in the tiny, soft seed. Juneberries are truly nutrient-dense, with high levels of protein, calcium, iron, and antioxidants. Perfect for the athlete in you!
Juneberries are becoming widely known in the Northeast U.S. and Great Lakes region. We are looking forward to a good season after the bitter winter of 2013-2014 (the juneberry crop thrives in cold, dry weather). Fresh juneberry harvest season starts in late June and ends in early July in most of the Northern US.
This project is focused on bringing this interesting new crop to small farms, berry growers, home gardeners, foodies, chefs, and anyone interested in berries.
There are now several dozen small farms in the Northeast that are growing juneberries for you-picking, farm markets, and processing. As of 2014, the availability of juneberries will be limited but many more will be coming into production in 2015 and 2016.