Wildcrafting - Finding a Saskatoon Berry Bush

in my very own backyard.

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Last year when we were dealing with all of the birds my cat was taking out daily from this bush in the corner of my yard I was mainly concerned with whether Cedar Waxwings were endangered.  My research showed that they are in fact a very prevalent bird and although my cat had taken down the entire flock I had in my yard, the species would live on.  I put a bell on her collar and proceeded to forget about the whole incident.  That is until this week. 

This week I went out to that same bush (which has grown really large this last year) and saw that there are hundreds thousands of berries pulling down all of the branches. 

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Thinking they may be poison I started looking up what it was.  I finally found it!  It is a Saskatoon Berry, or a Western Serviceberry (I like Saskatoon better).  Not only are they not poison, but they are really tasty!  Tasting like a mild, but pulpy blueberry I have now collected about 10 cups and am about to make Saskatoon Jam!

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Now I don’t, by any means, condone bird genocide by feline, but I have to admit to being really excited that there are enough for us this year!

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