Saskatoon Berries!

Sask BerriesI ate my first few handfuls of Saskatoon berries on my 6:am walk this morning! It’s so great to walk before the temperature gets hot here in the Chilcotins!

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About Saskatoon Berries:

http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/saskatoons/

Saskatoon berries (Amelanchier alnifolia) look much like blueberries, though they are more closely related to the apple family. Many would describe the taste of saskatoon as having a sweet, nutty almond flavor. They are also high in fiber, protein and antioxidants.

Nutritional Value

Saskatoon berries appear to be an excellent source of manganese, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, copper and carotene. Saskatoon berries are considered a better source of calcium than red meats, vegetables and cereals.

Recent research indicates saskatoons have very high components of phenolics, flavonols and anthocyanins. Saskatoons are high in natural sugar, rich in Vitamin C, and also contain more than three times as much iron and copper in the same weight as raisins.

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Nutrients in raw saskatoon berries
Nutrient Value per 100 grams % Daily Value
Energy 85 kcal
Total dietary fiber 5.9 g 20%
Sugars, total 11.4 g 8%
Calcium, Ca 42 mg 4%
Magnesium, Mg 24 mg 6%
Iron, Fe 1 mg 12%
Manganese, Mn 1.4 mg 70%
Potassium, K 162 mg 3%
Sodium, Na 0.5 mg 0%
Vitamin C 3.6 mg 4%
Vitamin A, IU 11 IU 1%
Vitamin E 1.1 mg 7%
Folate, mcg 4.6 mcg 1%
Thiamine 4%
Riboflavin 3.5 mg
Vitamin B6 2%
Panthothenic acid 0.3 mg
Phosphorus 2%
Magnesium 10%
Zinc 2%
Manganese 70%
Chloride 2%
Pyridoxine 0.03 mg 2%
Biotin 20 mcg 67%

Berry Nutritional Chart

Antioxidant rich fruits reportedly have anti-cancer, anti-aging, and anti-heart disease effects on human body, reducing cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, and acting as a protective guard to our immune systems.

The ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value is one of the methods used to measure the total antioxidant activity in fruit. In the tables below the ORAC values show saskatoon berries are naturally high in antioxidants and rank highest in both fresh fruit and in fruit pulp relative to other common fruits.

ORAC-Whole-Fresh

 

Want some recipes for Saskatoon berries?

Check out the recipe tab in the main menu or click on the link below!

http://wordpress.woodnymphdesigns.com/index.php/health/healthy-recipes/

I have noted that Saskatoon berries emit an almond scent and flavor when heated,

for example when baked in muffins or cooked in a burger!

 

 

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