Bakeapples

Bakeapples

I was living in the Métis community of Charlottetown for a summer and we went out picking bakeapples on some islands near town. Picking bakeapples is hard work, because you have to walk over the soft spongy ground in bogs where they are found. It’s always nice to have a boil up when you are out bakeapple picking, to have a fire and drink some tea. They used to store bakeapples in big wooden barrels before canning jars and freezers came along.  Bakeapples taste the best right off the plant!  
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Saskatoons In Hand

Saskatoons

Saskatoons were an important food source for my family. My granny told me how they used to mash up saskatoons on a rock and dry them in little cakes in the sun. In the winter, they would add water to soften the dried berry cakes, and fry them up with lard. I like making Saskatoon squares and smoothies with my berries.  
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