Berries are highly nutritious, delicious and energizing fruits that should always be included into your diet.
No wonder these little jewels are known as ‘Superfoods’ for the huge health benefits that they provide, but not only that, they are perfect in baking, condiments or as part of a dessert.
Berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or blackberries are full of vitamins, minerals, high in antioxidants and much more, that there is absolutely no dearth in underestimating these valuable fruits.
Although, small in size and one or two bites is never ever enough… well, the more the better with these treats! These fruits pack a punch of benefits that we’ll discuss them and why they are so damn good!
The variety of berries that are around are vast and of course, it also depends on what part of the world that you live in to be able to acquire certain berries. Berries such as Acai Berries, grow in clusters within palm trees located in South America in the Amazon jungle.
Bilberry is widely cultivated and also known as ‘European blueberry’ for being native on hill areas within Great Britain, parts of Asia and Europe. Whereas, other berries such as cloudberrries only grow in the coldest regions of North America and thrive in freezing areas as the arctic circle and can be found in some parts of Canada.
There are so many berries around the world and some that you probably haven’t eaten yet or heard of!
Have you ever heard of berries such as buffalo berry, nanny berry, bear berry or wintergreen berries?!!
There are some berries that are not edible in its raw form and can only be eaten in dry form or cooked appropriately.
Berries have been around forever, since as far back as from the old world, while some berries are only present for feeding animals such as birds, while it may be poisonous for us humans.
Why Eat Berries?
Numerous benefits entails with these delightful luxuries not to mention quite expensive too! They impact a positive and a protective lifestyle such as better digestive health and brain health, when consumed as part of a balanced diet and while adding these into your diet, can maintain for healthy eating to your general eating habits.
According to studies, there are berries far healthier than some and good to be aware of. Let’s take a closer look to the bonuses it provides to our bodies :-
- Blueberries contain an abundance of antioxidants, anthocyanins may reduce oxidative stress which is an imbalance between compounds within the body. By contributing foods that lowers oxidative stress can enable a healthy heart by promoting better blood circulation and lowering heart problems significantly.
- Strawberries are known to be one of the best sources of Vitamin C. In fact, one cup of strawberries is almost equivalent of Vitamin C, to a cup of fresh orange juice!!!
A study conducted of over 90,000 women found that those who ate more than two portions of blueberries and strawberries per week had a lower risk of a heart attack by 30%
Strawberries provides good amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, Vitamins B6, K and E that reduces high blood pressure, high cholesterol level and fights inflammation in the body.
- Goji Berries are suggested to contain 18 amino acids and high level of antioxidants, especially zeaxanthin which is beneficial for eye health. Provides for many approved health benefits such as healthy vision and normal cartilage function.
In China, where the medicinal plant derives, goji berries or sometimes known as ‘wolf berries’ are used to make for a hot tea in the powder from. You can sprinkle the powder on juices, smoothies or even on fresh fruit for a boost of nutritional content.
- Mulberries These berries are quite versatile in that the leaves and stems are beneficial to for your health, containing an anti aging oxidant, ‘reservatrol’. Dried mulberries are nutritious and great to snack on alone or even added to baking.
Black mulberries taste similar to that of raisins and not as sweet whereas while mulberries are sweet and tastes distinctively of a light caramel taste.
Either way, mulberries contains several plants compounds and rich in antioxidants, depending on their color, they can help with improving blood sugar levels and used in Chinese medicine for too long to help with certain health conditions.
- Aronia berry, also known as choke berry, has the highest amount of flavanoids, poly phenol and antioxidant levels than blueberries! Health experts claim that due to their rich strong purplish color that they provide is what allows for a higher content of antioxidants than any other fruit! Generally, the richer the color, the more nutrients and minerals provided.
Aronia berry can allow inhibiting enzymes and break down collagen allowing for improving skin’s elasticity and natural collagen production. It can help with joint pain and improves circulation within the body.
Studies are still underway about berries and I do not make any health claims and simply present information with evidence attached. This does not stop you from conducting your own research.
It is advised to limit your intake with fruits due to their sugar levels and anyone with concern should always seek advice from a health expert.
Add To Your Cooking Needs!
From desserts to sauces to marmalade and yogurts, you can usually add any berry that you would like to most of your cooking needs. Fresh berries in home made cooking presents numerous benefits and taste a lot better too!
You can certainly preserve fruit and many techniques are involved to make good use of your berries. If you have some leftover, then it doesn’t hurt to toss those in the freezer to use at a later time. Once frozen (around 10 hours) you can pick out and use for a summer berry smash limeade or for some fruity homemade ice lollies.
Don’t leave berries lying to long that they reach their past due date, why not turn your berries into a homemade sauce for convenience and taste?
You can make for a sweet sauce that compliments pancakes or even preparing a savory sauce for a side dip for some baked fish.
You can definitely decorate your cakes or pies with a selection of berries and while adding berries to the cake mix can bring out the flavor and really make the cake alive with passion and intensity.
Fruit puree are simple enough to make with blending a mix of berries which becomes a slushy sweet treat! You can add cream to this puree and place inside your freezer for heavenly ice cream.
There is so much that you can do with berries and a positive experience reckoned with the mixing up of summer berries or winter berries, whatever you choose it will give you heaps of benefits and help your body feel energized and happier!
Happy Berries Facts:)
Bilberry actually means ‘dark berry’ from the danish bollebar for its intense rich color.
Rare berries from around the world include snow berry and salmon berry.
Many berries contain rich color that are used typically for natural dyes. They are prime ingredients for some make up products.
Berries are also known to protect and cleans your brain – the ultimate brain food!
There are over 200 different raspberry varieties all over the world!
Thank You very much for reading and if you have any questions or comments, please leave below and I’ll be sure to help you out!