Prunus virginiana L., Rosaceae
Saskatchewan wild chokecherries are a delight. The purplish-black fruit is used for making the finest wine, juices, jellies, and jams. Wild chokecherry syrup is delectable on pancakes. These wild cherries should receive more attention as their health benefits are tremendous. A study by Li and co-workers at the University of Manitoba in 2009 found that chokecherries have one of the highest antioxidant levels in comparison to other fruits. No surprise that wild chokecherries have been used since ancient times.
Wild chokecheries have exceptionally high antioxidant activity (i.e, 16,000 on the ORAC scale), protecting your health and preventing disease. They are rich in flavanoids, Vitamin A and C, and manganese.
We hand-pick our wild-harvested chokecherries from late August to September in northern Saskatchewan.