Cornell Cooperative Extension's project to bring juneberries (aka "saskatoons") to small farms in the Northeast US
WHAT IS A JUNEBERRY??
Juneberries are not yet widely known in the Northeast U.S. Even though they look much like blueberries, they are more closely related to cherries and plums.
The juneberry (known commonly elsewhere as a “saskatoon berry”) is a dark-colored fruit that is grown on the Canadian prairies for wholesale processing, with some fresh market and you-pick sales. The species of commercial interest is Amelanchier alnifolia, a close cousin of our Eastern serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), which is found as a tall shrub in our local forests.
The flavor of the fruit resembles dark cherry or raisin, with a hint of almond in the tiny, soft seed. Not only are they flavorful, they are nutrient-dense, with high levels of protein, calcium, iron, and antioxidants.
This project is focused on bringing this interesting new crop to small farms, berry growers, and home gardeners in New York and the Northeast US.