If there were a fruit that represents the prairies, I’d say saskatoons were it. Saskatoons have been eaten and enjoyed by prairie people since the dawn of time. It is a hardy, tall bush growing along our riverbanks and forests. It has white flowers in the spring, bluish green leaves and of course lovely deep blue/purple berries in the summer. It provided year round sustenance for aboriginals and early settlers who used it in pemmican and greatly benefited from its nutrients which include antioxidants, calcium, iron, potassium and Vitamin C.
Today, saskatoon U-Pick farms and grocery stores with a local focus make it easy for us to enjoy saskatoons year round.
The flavour of saskatoons is a combination of apple, blueberry and almond. They are sweet and not too juicy which makes them very versatile whether fresh or frozen. Frozen saskatoons will hold their shape and won’t “bleed” like blueberries do. They’re equally delicious in savoury or sweet dishes.
This Saskatoon Salsa recipe is a perfect example of how frozen saskatoons can be used in a healthy, nutritious, savoury recipe that’s ideal as a side dish or a delicious lunchtime salad.
- 75 ml Canola Oil
- 45 ml Lemon Juice (juice of 1 lemon)
- 15 ml Honey
- 2 ml Salt
- 1 ml Pepper
- 1 Apple
- 60 ml Sweet Red Pepper
- 60 ml Sweet Yellow Pepper
- 60 ml Sweet Green Pepper
- 180 ml Saskatoons (fresh or frozen)
- 30 ml Parsley or Cilantro, chopped
- 140 g Mixed Lettuce Greens (optional)
- In screw top jar, combine oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper. Shake vigorously until well mixed and thick.
- Finely dice apple, red, yellow and green peppers.
- Toss apples, peppers, saskatoons and parsley in a small bowl.
- Pour half of the dressing over the saskatoon mixture. Pour all of dressing if not using lettuce greens.
- Pour remainder of dressing on lettuce greens and toss.
- Place lettuce greens on plates and top with saskatoon salsa.