Moma Said …. Eat Your Berries

The pigments that give berries their beautiful black, blue and red colors are also good for your health. Berries contain phytochemicals and flavanoids that may help to prevent some forms of cancer. Cranberries and blueberries contain a substance that may prevent bladder infections. Eating a diet rich in blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries may help to reduce your risk of several types of cancers. Blueberries and raspberries also contain lutien, which is important for healthy vision.
Choosing Berries
Most grocery stores carry a wide variety of fresh, canned and frozen berries. Look for ripe, colorful and firm berries with no sign of mold or mushy spots. Berries can also be found in the frozen section of your grocery store. Once berries thaw, they will not be as firm as freshly picked berries, but they remain delicious and good for you.
For the freshest berries, try growing berries right in your own back yard as one local Carroll County gardener has done in this picture or you can visit your local farmers market that offer berries harvested that same day. Some local berry farms allow you to pick your own berries.

Ideas for Serving Berries

Most berries are sweet enough to be served just as they are; however, here are some more ideas:

· Top a bowl of berries with a dollop of light-whipped topping and a sprinkling of chopped pecans or walnuts
· Add berries to a bowl of whole grain cereal
· Sprinkle berries on a salad
· Stir fresh berries into vanilla yogurt
· Combine frozen berries with bananas and low-fat milk to make a smoothie

One Comment on “Moma Said …. Eat Your Berries

  1. We grow several varieties of red raspberries here on the Eastern Shore, and always look forward to the first raspberry tart of the season. (My daughter always called raspberry tart Nature's Almost-Perfect Food; all you need is a salad.).
    Raspberry tart is simply a baked pie shell, pastry cream and plenty of fresh berries on top. I used to give it to my kids for breakfast sometimes in fall when the primocanes (fall-bearing) came back into season. Raspberry tart has eggs, milk, flour and berries, which we figure makes it nearly perfect food.


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