Saskatoon is planted as an ornamental and to produce commercial fruit crops. Many cultivars are commercially available, selected for desirable plant and/or fruit characteristics. Much research and literature details the development of cultivars and cultivation techniques.
The fruits are used in pies, jams, and fruit rolls and for making jelly and syrup. Saskatoon wine is a regional specialty. Native Americans ate the berries fresh and dried, often mixed with other foods for sweetening and flavor. Dried and rehydrated berries were added to dried vegetables and cooked into soups and puddings.
Native Americans boiled branches to make a tea for treating colds. A drink was made from the bark for stomach problems. Bark and twigs provided a medicine for recovery after childbirth. In
combination with other plants, it was used to make a contraceptive. The strong and straight-grained wood was used to make arrows, digging sticks, spear shafts, tool handles, and seed beaters. Young branches were twisted into a type of rope.
Saskatoon is attractive as an ornamental shrub or may be trimmed as a hedge. It is an important species for reclamation, wildlife, watershed, and shelterbelt plantings. It can be started from seed or vegetative cuttings.
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