[NAFEX] Saskatoons-disappointing

Chex ricechex at rocketmail.com
Thu Jul 6 16:05:43 EDT 2006

Richard, I have heard that saskatoon flavor is
affected by heat and to much heat makes them
mealy and bland.  Have you noticed this and if so
are there any varieties that you are familiar
with that do well with hot summers?  I planted
northline last year because it is realatively
short (8' tops) and bushy for a landscape hedge
across the front of my property.  They produced a
few berries this year that were mealy and bland. 
I'm hoping it is something that will improve when
the bushes come into full production in a few

zone 5, IL


> Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 12:39:34 -0400
> From: "Richard Moyer" <ramoyer at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Saskatoons-disappointing
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Message-ID:
> Matt,
> We also use most of our saskatoons (juneberries
> or 'sarvis' here) in muffins
> and pancakes.  Also on top of vanilla ice
> cream.
> The almond flavor does come out in cooking, and
> is sometimes detectable in
> the fresh fruit as Naomi noted.  This flavor is
> a negative for my wife.
> Agreed that the flavor varies on the tree, but
> I'd argue that's true of most
> other fruits when tasting the range of un-,
> under-, ripe and over ripe to
> dried to fermented.
> One of the things that makes some saskatoons
> such a good landscape tree is
> that they bloom over an extended period, hence
> the fruit ripening is also
> stretched out.
> But we also notice a lot of variation in fruit
> quality among different
> cultivars grown here in East TN; from very good
> to very bland.
> Out to pick mulberries, raspberries,
> gooseberries and currants, which also
> vary a lot depending on ripeness.
> Richard Moyer
> East TN

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