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I feel sort of, kind of bad posting this. Saskatoon berries are a very regional delicacy native to inland Western Canada (that is Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and possibly reaching into parts of Ontario). They start coming out in late July especially in river valleys and tons of people can be seen filling ice cream buckets with the anti-oxident rich fruit. It’s slightly smaller than a blueberry but the colour is quite close. It has it’s own unique flavour that I honestly can’t put into words. It’s a bit tart and definitely sweet. So, I feel bad posting this because I know not all readers will have access to the berry. You could try blackberries or raspberries instead.
Just to be fare though. We don’t have ramps where I live and this is a major source of disappointment for me. I’ve heard they’re amazing and have seen several phenomenal, lick-you-lips delicious sounding recipes containing ramps but what can I do? I spent 3-4 hours one day running from market to grocery store to specialty food store without any success. Boo.
Since this dish is very regional I thought I might as well through on some good western Canadian music. Unfortunately the limitations of Youtube made it difficult to find a lot of the songs I wanted to throw on this garage-rock jam. I think this’ll suffice, although it does run a little short, which means you can listen to it twice!
Watch here or watch on Youtube.
Ever since I was a kid my family would rave about Saskatoon berries. I remember when our new neighbours cut down the Saskatoon bush in their backyard and how angry my mom got. It’s true, why would you do that? My BFF shares equally fond memories of his family’s Saskatoon Berry eating. In fact, that’s how I got the idea for this tasty treat.
After a very quick jaunt to the river with a pail ready to be filled with berries we still didn’t have enough to warrant an entire pie. My BFF recalled back to how his family would make the Saskatoon Berries last longer by making Saskatoon-Apple pie. This sounded delicious. So, I got to work. A day later I got not only an attractive pie and some very happy tasters but I also got a pretty mighty new recipe to add to my collection.
After having his slice of pie my BFF remarked how neat it was that just a few days ago we were picking these berries off the bushes and then in a couple of days we were eating them. Yes, we are the hunter-gatherers. We are like the men and women that settled the west… Except for everything else that goes into these is bought conveniently from a single supermarket down the street. Life is great.
Saskapple Berry Pie
Makes 1 pie (about 8 pieces).