Photo of the Day: The Beautiful Service Berry Tree at Aga Khan Park – and, Yes, the Berries Are Edible; Try Them Out!
I hoped to learn something about the fruit bearing trees in front of the Aga Khan Museum, but they are not mentioned on the website of Aga Khan Park. I am told they are service berries and also edible. Actually, I tried the fruit yesterday from a tree that currently has the largest concentration of the red berries, and I am pleased to present the tree as our Photo of the Day feature.
PHOTOS FROM JUNE 16
Generally the red fruit is sweet and juicy, especially the Saskatoon variety but the ones I tried on June 16 had a neutral flavour, more like a mild blueberry. I picked several more on June 17 from numerous trees that had ripened berries and they were juicy and sweet. Several other individuals I met were also surprised at how sweet they were.
I learnt by googling that serviceberry is “an excellent source of manganese, magnesium, and iron, and a relatively good source of calcium, potassium, copper, and carotenoids.” So please come by and try them out — it would always be good to bring some bottled water so that you can wash the fruit before eating it.
Well, after I got a little bit of a fill with the berries, I looked up in the sky and to my delight I saw the daylight moon high above the park. It was a waxing crescent illuminated at 37%. A waxing crescent is a phase of the moon after the new moon and just before the first quarter when the illumination of the moon is increasing to 50%.
PHOTOS FROM JUNE 17
Date posted: June 17, 2021 (AM)
Last updated: June 17, 2021 (PM)
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