Berrypicking links: Juneberries are ripe - where to find them around Ann Arbor
Edward Vielmetti | AnnArbor.com
Where are the berries
The City of Ann Arbor contracted with a tree service company to do an inventory of every tree on lawn extensions, rights of way and public parks. This will go into the city's first Urban Forest Management Plan. The city forestry website has plan details.
A list of every city Amelanchier tree on Ann Arbor in 2009 was based on a spreadsheet from the data.
There are also tree data sets from the city in its City of Ann Arbor Data Catalog, though the tree inventory copyright says "No part of this product shall be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, for any purposes, without prior written permission from the City of Ann Arbor. The City of Ann Arbor and its mapping contractors assume no legal responsibility for the content and/or inappropriate use of information represented on this map."
I have found no online inventory of trees on the University of Michigan campus, but I have spotted them by the Chemistry building on North University, in front of the Undergraduate Library by the regular site of Tom Goss playing harmonica and washboard,Â as well as other places around and about.
The Fall 2005 Washtenaw County Parks and Rec newsletter writes of Osborne Mill Preserve, located just south of Delhi Metropark on the other side of the Norfolk Southern tracks, which includes juneberries in its dry upland forest.
What to do with juneberries
They are good enough to eat right from the tree, if they are ripe enough. The taste is vaguely almondy, and is described by some as "insipid." (More for the rest of us.)
Recipes for juneberry pie include Aunt Marilyn's Juneberry Pie from Sunny Savage and a "thick, rustic berry explosion" from The Pleasant House. In North Dakota, you can get juneberry pie year round from Lund's Landing, a lodge on Lake Sakakawea.
Juneberries in fiction and the movies
The book which I keep finding every year when I write this is L'amÃ©lanchier, a coming-of-age novel by Jacques Ferron from Quebec; it's available (somewhere) in translation by Raymond Chamberlain as The Juneberry Tree, and it was made into the movie Tinamer.
Edward Vielmetti dashes into the bushes and re-emerges with a handful of berries for AnnArbor.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.