Set of 3 small jars in a gift box: jellied chokeberries, saskatoon berry compote and wild jellied elderberries.
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana). Three species of wild cherry grow in Canada. The chokecherry is the most plentiful and the easiest to harvest. The chokecherry has a large pit which makes it difficult to use in jams, which is why it tends to be used for jellies. As the juice contains very little natural pectin, commercial pectin must be added. Chokecherry jelly is excellent on toast. In Western Canada the preference is for a jelly that is not too sweet, and it is used to accompany wild game, particularly Canada goose.
Saskatoon Berry. Canada is home to some twenty species of shadberries or Saskatoon berries. They grow from coast to coast and as far north as the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Their sweet, juicy fruit is reddish or purplish in colour and is similar in size and shape to the blueberry. The Saskatoon berry was of significant economic importance to the Plains Indians who would sun-dry the fruit.
Jellied Elderberries. Little known by most people, this small tree grows throughout eastern North America. Landscape artists know it well for its beauty and natural health practitioners have used it since the Greek and Roman heydays. Foodies wil enjoy the subtle taste of elderberry jelly at breakfast, with mild cheeses or fowl.
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