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The Benefits of Berries

Red, Black & Blue are Berry Good for You!

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Blueberries and Cranberries are yummy!! Am I the only one who doesn't like the other berries? Report
TWALKOWICZ
Wild blueberries are higher in antioxidants than the farmed blueberries. So, if you can pick wild, awesome. If not, you can find wild blueberries in frozen form (Wymans brand). Report
We have wild berries all through our pastures. I pull them out as often as I can, but they come right back. I have picked some that grow next to our fence and made berry pie and berry treats. Great article. Thanks Report
FOXGLOVE999
While blackberries and raspberries are easy to grow, they can be very invasive. It's best to plant them in an area surrounded by concrete. They spread by underground runners, and can be incredibly difficult to get rid of. Report
JANETWARREN
I'm very fortunate when it comes to blueberries. I live in a place with a short growing season so access to fresh local produce is limited to a few weeks of the year. But in the late summer when the wild blueberries ripen, I have only to drive a short distance and I can find plenty of places to pick as many wild blueberries as I want. We always pick way more than we can use right away. I immediately bake pies, make muffins and add fresh berries to my breakfast and the rest we freeze so we always have a few of the little gems on hand whenever we want to put them in pancakes, muffins or smoothies. Our wild berries are definitely a reason to be happy even as summer is winding down. Report
AZURE-SKY
I stock up on blueberries and strawberries when they're in season and on sale. I wash & slice the strawberries, then put them in a single layer on a cookie sheet that I've lined with parchment paper. I freeze them overnight, then break them apart & put them in freezer bags. For blueberries, I wash them & put them on the cookie sheet, freeze overnight & put them in a freezer bag. This way, I don't have to remember whether or not I washed them. I often put some frozen blueberries in a container of low-fat cottage cheese & pack it for lunch. By the time I'm ready to eat, the berries have thawed.

I use the frozen strawberries in smoothies, or thaw them in the fridge with a little agave nectar to use in desserts. Report
Tonight I made my favorite salad to take with dinner to a friend's house. A platter of cut romaine, red onion rings, sliced strawberries, fresh red raspberries, blueberries, Feta cheese, chopped pecans and raspberry vinaigrette over it. Everyone loved it!!! Report
LENOREMM
A tip about freezing berries - small berries like raspberries freeze best if you spread them out in a single layer and freeze them on a plate or a tray. You can bag them once they're frozen. Report
LENOREMM
Most of these berries are incredibly easy to grow, and taste best - and have the greatest health benefits - when absolutely fresh and in season, which is easiest to achieve when you're producing them yourself. It's also a much, much cheaper way to get fresh produce into your diet. I wish SP would encourage people to grow more of their vegetables and fruits. There are also lots of other berries which are not available commercially but which are just as healthy and taste great - and easy to grow (black currants, red currants, huckleberries....). Report
I love berries of all kinds, especially blackberries. There are some wild raspberry bushes down the street, and just yesterday I went and picked a whole container. They're smaller, firmer, brighter, and tastier than store-bought berries. And they were free! Score! Report
DUCKYONTHERUN
I tell all my friends and family who perhaps only have a small patio or a ledge, you can get a small berry plant and have fresh berries now and then. You can't beat the benefits and taste of fresh berries just picked. Report
I had no idea that berries were an anti-inflamatory food! Report
I bought some blueberries this weekend. The price was a little high, but I wanted a break from oranges, bananas and apples. The berries are rather sweet. I'm happy with my decision. JEC Report
Sadly I can't eat berries because of allergies though I love the smell of strawberries Report

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