Saskatoon Berry Smoothie Recipe

Posted on October 6, 2014

Along with a large variety of fish and wild game, British Columbia’s Aboriginal peoples traditionally lived off the land, foraging for and using many different edible plants from the forests to add to their nutritional diversity.

Berries were, and still are, a big part of that menu. For thousands of years, more than 30 types of berries have been harvested in traditional territories of British Columbia from early summer to late fall.

One such berry is the Saskatoon berry – a blueberry-like fruit that can be eaten fresh, dried or baked. The juice was also used as a marinade to sweeten other foods. Like other berries, the Saskatoon is an important source of vitamin C, fibre, and carbohydrates, and it has many medicinal properties such as being high in antioxidants, which help to boost the immune system.

Sharon Bond and Reymunda San Agustin, from Kekuli Café recently showed us how to make a delicious Saskatoon Smoothie. According to Bond, who is a member of the Nooaitch First Nation outside of Merritt, BC, the concoction is the most popular smoothie for visitors to the Kekuli Café. Her recipe calls for Saskatoon berry juice, berry puree and ice, which is then blended together for a delicious treat. Try the recipe out at home yourself, or visit Kekuli Café to sample the famous and popular smoothie.

Try this smoothie and other Aboriginal cuisine at Kekuli Café in Westbank, or at the newest Kekuli Café location in Merritt.

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