Amelanchier spp. – Serviceberries

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Serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.) are a group of 20+ species of deciduous shrubs and small trees in the rose family. Serviceberries will usually be found in full sun.
Serviceberries, also known as Juneberries, are one of the first trees to bloom in the spring and one of the first berries to ripen in the summer. The tree has finely toothed leaves that are rounded at its base and somewhat pointed at its end. The berries have 5-pointed crowns at their tips, similar to blueberries.
Serviceberries taste similar to plums. They are edible when red, but better tasting when purple. The berries have 10 soft seeds inside them, that, when cooked, give an almond note to dishes.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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