Friday, March 20, 2015


Juneberry or is it Shadberry, Serviceberry or Saskatoon berry and many other local names. It's a small tree or bush in the Rose family (Rosaceae). In many areas this berry is known to be fruit ready in the month of June, therefore the common name Juneberry. The Shadberry name is commonly used in areas that have spring runs of Shad (a small fish).  And yet others known this berry that blooms when the ground as thawed enough in spring to conduct Services for those that passed in winter.  Up in many regions of Canada, this same berry is called the Saskatoon.

Leafcutter Bee

  In most areas, the pollinator will be native bees like the Bumble Bees and Leaf Cutter Bees.  However, if there are Honey Bees in the area, they too will work the blossoms if there are enough in bloom to draw the attention of the Honey Bee.
Honey bee on Juneberry

No matter what you call this berry, seek them out and enjoy this blueberry like wild fruit.  Most all recipes that one would use for blueberries, this wild fruit can be used instead.

Click each image to exploded the size for easier viewing.  You can find me on Facebook talking about Honey bees in a group called Northern Beekeeping.  Please read the ABOUT for instruction on how to join the group.