Learn the Nutritional Benefits of Saskatoon Berries

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According to the Ontario Berry Growers Association, the name for Saskatoon berries is derived from a Cree word. The First Nations people as a staple food as well as for flavoring pemmican used Saskatoon’s. Saskatoon berries grow on bushes that can reach heights of 5-6 metres. These shrubs are used in landscaping as well as for the commercial berry crop. The Saskatoon is actually a member of the apple family.Caregivers North York

Saskatoon berry bushes are native to most of Canada especially the Prairie Provinces. Sometimes they are known as service berries but the official name is Saskatoon berries. These little purple berries closely resemble blueberries in both color and size. They are mostly grown wild and in fact the first commercially planted Saskatoon orchard is less than 20 years old.

The Saskatoon berry industry is the second largest fruit crop grown commercially on the Canadian Prairies, coming in after strawberries which claims first spot.

What’s in a berry?

Saskatoon berries were used by Native Americans for food and medicine. Studies have shown this berry to be high in antioxidants, especially flavone’s, anthocyanin’s and phenolics. They possess anti-inflammatory properties and are a great source of potassium.

  • These tasty little berries contain 22.3% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of iron in a 100 gram serving.
  • Contain 33.8% of the RDA for manganese
  • Contain 7% of the RDA for copper
  • Contain 11% of the RDA for calcium
  • Excellent source of magnesium and carotene
  • 100 grams of Saskatoon contain 3x more iron and copper as the same weight of raisins.

Saskatoon berries can be eaten fresh off the bush, baked into a pie or other desserts, or made into jam to spread on toast. Your elderly loved one may fall in love with these native Canadian berries if they haven’t already! As a fresh berry they are in season in early summer but you can buy commercial Saskatoon berry products throughout the year, such as frozen pies and jam.

How can you tell when your elderly loved one needs some help to cook a homemade meal and clean up after? They may tell you on the phone that everything’s okay and they don’t need any help but the truth is they may be eating fast foods or less healthy options because they don’t have the energy or have lost the motivation to cook meals very often. Visit them and take a look for yourself. If you live too far away from your parent to drop by for a visit, phone someone who lives close by to check in on things for you. Is your parent eating peanut butter and jam sandwiches every day instead of cooking a balanced meal? Has their housecleaning started to decline? Maybe it’s time to consider getting them an in-home care provider.

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