Juneberries are peaking

Juneberries

Juneberries

The Juneberries, also known as Serviceberries, are at their peak right now. The Juneberry shrub can reach heights of 20 feet and are a favorite berry for birds. We can eat them too and they taste somewhat like Blueberries, although they are very seedy. I’ve never heard of anyone making anything out of Juneberries like jam or pie, they’re best eaten right off the bush. Maybe it’s because Blueberries are ripe at the same time and they are definitely superior!

Purple Finch and Serviceberries

Purple Finch and Serviceberries

The Purple Finches have been busy gorging themselves on the berries. They’re bringing their babies in and feeding them. Other birds like Cedar Waxwings and Evening Grosbeaks pig out on the berries too!

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

Even the Chipmunk was up in the tree having a feast!

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2 Responses to Juneberries are peaking

  1. Gracie says:

    I had a sauce made from Service berries on pancakes and I like it better than blueberries!

  2. Richard says:

    Greetings,
    We just got back from picking blueberries north of Nashwak on Saturday and also picked some Juneberries. I would also disagree with your statement about the blueberries being superior. I find the Juneberries to be sweeter and more flavorable and I did not think that they were more seedy.
    Richard

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