The Juneberries (servicebrries, shad, shad blow - all Amelanchier species) have ripened on cue.
I passed four trees on Hicks Street, a couple dripping with red and dark purple fruit. I picked, I ate. They seem very plump this year, and I tasted apple. Next week Ellen and I will meet for some companionable picking from our favourite Brooklyn trees. Look for Edible Brooklyn with its berry cover! The timing could not have been more appropriate. Also check out the trees in Tear Drop Park near Ground Zero...sweet, delicious treats.
As I was photographing the berries above a guy hesitated, stepped forward, held up his iPhone and said, There's an App for that! It can tell you the species (maybe he meant genus)! He looked so excited and happy. Like a fool I said, But I know the species (I meant genus). Of course you do, he said, crestfallen. I think he was ready to demonstrate and I cut him off. Now I am sorry. Stupid. I have not seen it in action and it would have been fun. Then again having an iPhone would be fun.
All sad, now.