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Prairie fruit have potential


October 9, 2013
By The Canadian Press

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October 8, 2013, Saskatoon, Sask – Researchers working at the University of Saskatchewan have discovered new potential in prairie fruits, in particular, buffaloberry, chokecherry and sea buckthorn, according to a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science.

Findings showed that these fruits were nutrient-rich and that the potential food value is high.

The researchers say this is good news for fruit growers in Saskatchewan as these results add further credence to support the development of these fruits for commercial food markets.

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The study says buffaloberry was high in ascorbic acid, at a level that was greater than four times that reported for oranges and chokecherry contained high levels of anti-oxidants.