The City has planted serviceberries all over on public property because they produce pretty blossoms, fit into small spaces, and are well-suited to our climate as a native species. Lo and behold, they also produce fruit.
So here’s a little guide for how to eat on the go:
- Bring an empty container (or grab a coffee cup somewhere).
- Spot some serviceberries on City property and pick them when they’re a deep purple.
- Eat eat eat and pack the rest to go!
As I’m learning, this is a wonderful way to roam the city when you have kids with you. They’re always eager for snacks and can rarely get enough of the goodness growing on our trees. Last weekend we walked from St. Clair to Harbourfront and I would pull out the typperware whenever we passed by serviceberries. It worked wonders to keep him fed and happy, plus we had fun teaching him how to pick the ripe berries.
Here’s a shot of me and my guy foraging for serviceberries last Monday. We were kept company by the trusty Not Far From The Tree volunteer Suzanne Long and chef Josha Maharaj (who described the same serviceberry adventure here).