It ticks all the boxes for a great Canadian baked good: most obviously, the Prairie Saskatoon–berry pie features a fruit that shares a name with a major Canadian city. But the Canadianness of the dish goes deeper than that – the berry also thrives in cold weather, tastes good without being overbearing or saccharine and, despite not being as well known, offers more health benefits than a blueberry. All that’s missing is a toque.
A berry with the heart of a rose
They may look like blueberries, but Saskatoon berries are actually pomes (like apples and pears) and belong to the rose family. They have a tougher texture and an earthy, nutty flavour – the perfect filling for a not–too–sweet pie.
Saskatoon–berry pie gets the stamp of approval
Saskatoon–berry pie joined the ranks of iconic Canadian desserts (including the Nanaimo bar and sugar pie) in 2019, when it was featured on a Canada Post stamp. Naturally, Saskatchewanians were thrilled: “Saskatoons are the Saskatchewan of berries,” one caller told CBC Radio. “They aren’t that famous or fancy to look at. Their flavour is muted and humble, but they are resilient and hardy.”