[NAFEX] bitter juneberries

Mark Lee markl at nytec.com
Tue Jul 26 16:01:35 EDT 2005

A few of observations I have made this summer.

1. I dried some of my bitter juneberries.  The bitterness in the
"raisins" was reduced.  Maybe the concentrated sugars caused this
2. Big juneberries from Lucky Pittman's selection of Timm and Success
seedlings did not have the bitterness.  These berries are very tasty.
Thanks Lucky!
3. Native juneberries I found fruit exploring at 4000 - 6000 foot
elevation in the North Cascades near Lake Chelan, Washington were not
bitter.  Bears in the vicinity were busy chowing down on juneberries,
blueberries and currants.  Unlike cats, bears have a sweet tooth!

-Mark Lee, Seattle zone 8a

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mike Levine
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] bitter juneberries

I noticed that the serviceberries here in Ann Arbor were much more
this year than the previous few years.  I tend to like my serviceberries
little on the underripe side (I like sour fruit) so I pick them when
are still reddish instead of waiting until they are really dark purple.
noticed this year that the more purple they got the more bitter (and
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
If you put the fruit through a squeezo and get out all the seeds I'll
you won't have any bitter flavor even if they are purple.

Mike Levine
Ann Arbor, MI
zone 5b

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