Saturday, April 28, 2007

Serviceberries

I half want to start a gardening blog where I can share all of my gardening updates.

Yesterday Baltimore City was giving away free trees for Arbor Day at the Cylburn Arboretum as part of their effort to increase the tree canopy in the city by 30%. What does this have to do with food?

The tree we picked up is a serviceberry (also known as juneberry, mespilus, sarvis, shad-blossom and shadbush) which produces berries that are edible by humans! Apparently at one time they were quite popular and people made pies and jams with them. They can also be eaten raw and apparently taste like a "slightly nutty blueberry".

Has anyone eaten serviceberries before?