[NAFEX] bitter juneberries
mlevine at umich.edu
Tue Jul 26 15:33:32 EDT 2005
I noticed that the serviceberries here in Ann Arbor were much more bitter
this year than the previous few years. I tend to like my serviceberries a
little on the underripe side (I like sour fruit) so I pick them when they
are still reddish instead of waiting until they are really dark purple. I
noticed this year that the more purple they got the more bitter (and sweet)
they became. I suspect most of the bitterness comes from the seeds and
perhaps when the seeds are immature they have less of the bitter component.
If you put the fruit through a squeezo and get out all the seeds I'll bet
you won't have any bitter flavor even if they are purple.
Ann Arbor, MI
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Lee" <markl at nytec.com>
To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 11:05 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] bitter juneberries
>I have been sampling Juneberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) around town.
> Until I started looking for these, I never noticed them. Now that I
> know what they look like, I see them everywhere. Very popular choice
> for landscaping projects now. Although sweet, most of these I would
> rather not eat fresh due to their bitterness. I read that drying makes
> them less bitter. Has anyone experienced this? I wonder if this
> bitterness could be used to advantage in a fermented beverage? Salt may
> help also, similar to salting eggplant to remove bitterness, or
> preserving in brine as bitter olives are? I think I'll do some
> experiments in the kitchen. Comments?
> -Mark Lee, Seattle zone 8a
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