This is the time for berry picking in British Columbia. Our personal favorite berries are Cherries, Blueberries, and Raspberries.
This year was an exceptional season for berries. In no time we filled our buckets to the brim with the berries – picking has never been such a pleasure.
This year topped it off with an abundance of cherries from just one tree, unlike any other year I can remember.
What are some of the health benefits that these berries provide?
…contain antioxidants that are thought to help our bodies fight free radicals. They also contain vitamins and a significant amount of fiber.
Studies on rats have found that blueberries slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity. The studies also showed blueberries to improved learning and memory.
Japanese researchers demonstrated the usefulness of blueberries in improving weak eyesight and lessening eye fatigue.
- …are an effective and fast-acting for eliminating swelling and pain. Not to mention they are delicious to eat. Eating just a few cherries a day helps to the body to deal with uric acid levels, keeping them in check. Cherry juice is just as effective. (Note my previous blog on cherries - What do Exercise and Black Cherries have in common?)
…are a good source of antioxidants and may even have 10 times more antioxidants than tomatoes or broccoli. Raspberries contain some very specific antioxidants that are found in few other sources.
So enjoy those rich nutrient filled, tasty berries while you can. You can always freeze some for those harsh winter months. We’ve got plenty in our freezer to hold us until spring.
You can find more information on these berries at:
Crab apples anyone? No, they are not a berry but since they are one of my husband’s favorite fruits, I’ll mention them. They are a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C - good for jellies and Jams, and for those who like a tart treat, they’re all yours.