==== ====Chances are you have never heard about lingonberries, but they are starting to show up in moregrocery stores. thanks in part to their numerous health benefits. Read more about these superberries:http://lingonberryjam.net/==== ====Its time for berries! Lets rediscover those little wonders of nature, which are jam-packed with more nutrients than most cultivated fruits. Wild berries are even morenutritious and you can get them for free.High in Antioxidants and NutrientsAntioxidants are compounds that protect against cell damage inflicted by moleculescalled oxygen-free radicals, which are a major cause of disease and aging. Its beenfound that most berries rank higher in antioxidant activities when compared toother cultivated fruits and vegetables. The USDA Human Nutrition Center rankedblueberries the #1 most antioxidant rich berry. Strawberries came second on the list.The antioxidants are usually found in the pigment that give berries their color. Theyhelp protect us from cancer naturally.Berries also contain a higher amount of phytochemicals than most other fruits.Phytochemicals are components of plants that have been shown to help preventcertain diseases, or at least influence our health in a positive sense.Berries are generally high in vitamin C. For example, a cup of strawberries containsas much vitamin C as a cup of orange juice. Without having to go through the list,lets just remember that berries, especially wild ones, contain plenty of vitamins,minerals, antioxidants and other phytochemicals, more than most cultivated fruits.The Fun is the VarietyThe best thing about berries is that there are so many of them. Strawberries,raspberries, blueberries, but also blackberries, black raspberries, gooseberries... thelist is endless. All types of berries have their particularities and health benefits, andwe all have our favorites!Mine are black raspberries, raspberries and blackberries. Each year it seems Idiscover a new type of berry that Ive never seen before... and its always anenjoyable experience.Unfortunately...The bad news is that most commercially grown berries are heavily sprayedwith
pesticides. The ones that are notoriously bad in that regard are strawberries andraspberries. As mentioned in a previous article, those two berries are in the top-12most contaminated produce sold in North America.For that reason, it would be wise to seek organically-grown berries, or even better,wild ones.Where to Find Wild BerriesWild berries are all around us. Honestly, it would be hard to imagine someone livingfarther than 5 or 6 miles away from a bush of wild berries. Each year, Ive alwaysmade a point of seeking the wild berries in my area and Ive always found some.Sometimes the supply was scanty, yes, but no matter where I lived Ive always beensurrounded by berries.When I went to Oregon a few years ago, I discovered the magic of blackberries ofthe Northwest. It appears that the woods in that area are jam-packed with big,sweet, round blackberries during the summer. I remember picking and eating somany of them that I eventually thought to myself: theres got to be a way to feed thewhole state with whats found in the woods!The problem is that most people dont even see wild berries, or look for them, andwhen they do, they dont eat them! A few days ago my friend and I went to anational park nearby where I live. Suddenly, we found an endless supply of wildblueberries. As we started picking them almost greedily, many people went by andsaw us picking berries. "Oh look honey, there are blueberries there", they weresaying, and then just passed by us without even trying them! A few people triedsome, but found them to be too small to be worth the hassle. I couldnt believe it!What can you expect when most people think "food" needs to be wrapped and soldin a supermarket.?So before you turn into an insensitive city-dweller who never gets to actually pickthe food he eats, reform yourself starting today. Go out to pick some wild berries.Theyre easy to find in the outskirts of woods and around trails. If you live in a city,you might want to check out along railways (if there are any), or do the right thing,which is to leave the smog for a day and come back with buckets of the stuff.A hassle-free alternative would be to go to an organic farm and ask them if you canpick them yourself. Usually, they offer that option and charge a lot less for it. When Ido this, I generally spend hours picking and come back with so many berries I dontknow what to do with. I like that feeling...Some Ideas on What to Do With BerriesBerries make a great entree to a dinner salad, and actually combine very well with asalad, since they do not contain as much sugar as other fruits. You can also makenice salad dressings with berries. A non-fat dressing recipe to try is blendingraspberries and celery stalks together.The result is surprising!
Smoothies made with berries are hard to beat. One that I really like is blending 2thirds mango with 1 third raspberries. For example, 2 cups of mango flesh with 1cup of raspberries. You can try variations of this with other berries and fruits. Thepossibilities are endless and theresults are predictably outstanding.Heres a nice berry recipe from my book, Instant Raw Sensations:-----------------------------Summer Berry Soup-----------------------------Makes 4 servings1 liter (1000 ml.) freshly-squeezed orange juice2 cups fresh raspberries1 cup fresh blackberries1 cup fresh blueberries or strawberriesInstructions:Mix all ingredients together and let sit for sometime to let the flavors mix.Notes:This is a great soup to enjoy as often as possible during the berry season. I serve itas an entree before the dinner meal.-----------------------------Freezing Berries-----------------------------If youve got too many berries at the height of the season, or would like to enjoythose wild berries at other times of the year, you can certainly freeze them.Although I dont recommend the consumption of cold, frozen fruits on a regularbasis, those thawed berries still contain most of the nutritional benefits of freshberries and this might be a great option to add variety during the winter. What Iwant to avoid, however, is the consumption of cold frozen berries (or other fruits),as this negatively impacts the health of our intestinal flora. So when you want to eatyour frozen berries, always thaw them beforehand. They make nice additions tosmoothies and fruit salads during the winter.In conclusion: eat more berries.
Suggested Berry Book (In honor of the child in you.)"Jamberry" by Bruce Degen, is a wonderful childrens book all about berries.A teaser:"The story of a young boy and a friendly rhyme-spouting bear,joyously romping through a fantastic berryworld. They wontstop their berry picking until the last boomberry has blastedin the strawberry sky."Heres an excerpt:"One berryTwo berryPick me a blueberryHatberryShoeberryIn my canoeberry...""The child in you wants more berries!"Young entrepreneur, Frederic Patenaude, is the author of the best-selling e-book The RawSecrets and is known for his no-gimmick, BS-free approach to health and nutrition. Tolearn more about The Raw Secrets, and to read his FR*EE how-to articles andnewsletter, visit [http://www.askfrederic.com]Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Frederic_Patenaude==== ====
Chances are you have never heard about lingonberries, but they are starting to show up in moregrocery stores. thanks in part to their numerous health benefits. Read more about these superberries:http://lingonberryjam.net/==== ====