North Country farms testing 'super fruit'

Published: Aug. 21, 2018 at 5:18 PM EDT
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The North Country is welcoming a new super fruit-- Juneberries!

The fruit, native to North America, resembles a blueberry but tastes nothing like it. The taste is described as a mix of cherry, almond and raisins.

Nutritionists call it a super fruit because of its high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.

Its name tells the story-- the berry is mostly harvested in June.

Canada has taken the lead in commercial production but local farmers hope to grow the fruit here to fill the gap between strawberry and apple season.

"So we started trying to identify wild type from the northeast that had commercial fruit production capabilities. It's exciting, really exciting. It's amazing how well they are doing in this trial, it's really promising," said Mike Davis, a research associate at the Willsboro Research Farm.

If you want to try a Juneberry, Rulf's Orchard and Essex Farm are both testing the fruit out.