Forget Goji and acai berries. Those are yesterday’s news.
Sure, they have lots of vitamins and minerals (and they’re pretty tasty, too), but there’s a new super berry in town, and it’s picking up followers fast.
It’s called the juneberry.
Also known as a Saskatoon berry, this purple-ish little fruit is chock full of good-for-you nutrients, and it comes with dozens of health benefits that just can’t be denied. Let’s learn more about this unique berry now.
About the Juneberry
Juneberries are native to North America, and they grow on tall, grayish trees, usually in orchards. The berries have a reddish tint at first growth, but once ripened, however, they turn a blue-black, almost purple color that means they’re ready to be picked.
Technically, the juneberry is a member of the Rosaceae family, making it akin to apples, plums, cherries, strawberries and raspberries. When fully grown, the juneberry is about the size of a blueberry.
But its small size doesn’t mean the juneberry doesn’t deliver big impact. In fact, these little berries have been used by native populations for centuries, both as a food and as a medicinal treatment. Early settlers in America actually used the juneberry to prevent diseases like scurvy and rickets.
The juneberry tree is also often used as an ornamental accent in landscaping, as its foliage changes color several times throughout the year.
The Juneberry’s Benefits
Juneberries are pretty similar to blueberries. They have a sweet, almost-sour taste, and they’re great in both savory and sweet dishes. (You can also make jams and pies out of them).
And just like blueberries, juneberries are extremely high in antioxidants, too. In fact, they have one of the highest recorded antioxidant capacities of all the fruits and vegetables in the world – higher than strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and more.
They’re also brimming with vitamins and minerals. In just one small berry, you’ll find significant servings calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, thiamin, folate, vitamin B-6, fiber, protein and more. One full serving of juneberries can account for nearly a quarter of your daily fiber requirement and a quarter of your daily iron requirement. That’s a pretty big impact for something so small.
Juneberries are also full of anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant. These not only give the juneberry its unique color, but they also help reduce inflammation in the body. They can also prevent and alleviate arthritis pains, slow memory loss due to aging, and even decrease joint pain in many people.
Additionally, the berry’s high vitamin C content makes it a great immune booster, and it can even help produce more collagen in the body. This means more joint flexibility, tighter, tauter skin, and healthier hair and nails.
On top of all this, the juneberry is also very hydrating. In fact, more than 80 percent of each berry is pure water. This added hydration can have immense effects on your overall health in the long run.
Using the Juneberry
Like most other berries, the juneberry can be eaten raw or cooked. You can wash them, add them to a salad or just snack on them, you can also add them into your protein pancakes, muffins, or to any other healthy recipe you know. They’re even better blended up in a morning smoothie or thrown into a bowl of steel cut oats for an extra pop of flavor.
Juneberries can also be used to make cider and tea, and they can be preserved and made into jams and jellies. Additionally, you can even dry juneberries, and use them to flavor sauces and dishes.
Want to try the juneberry, but aren’t sure where to start? Try this easy smoothie recipe.
- A two-inch piece of ginger, peeled
- 1 or 2 cups of coconut milk
- ½ cup juneberries, frozen or fresh
- ¼ cup fresh squeeze orange juice
- 1/3 of a banana, peeled and sliced
- ¼ cup of ice
- Pour the coconut milk, the ginger, the berries, the orange juice, the banana and ice into a blender. blend blend until very smooth.
It’s the perfect breakfast or lunch snack. It will satisfy that sweet tooth while still giving you all the amazing health benefits the juneberry has to offer.
Have you eaten juneberries before? What did you think? Let me know your opinion and recipes in the comments.
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Together we can make this world a happier, healthier world!