Imagine you are visiting a berry patch…what is the feeling you get when you spy a ripe berry – one that the birds or someone else overlooked – still on the bush in the patch? Ha! There’s one! It’s hard to resist that small, bright tidbit because you know there’s going to be a yummy treat.
There are bunches of different kinds of berries in addition to our favorites which include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. We enjoy them raw, in baked goods, canned, juiced, preserved and dried. Pemmican, a mixture of meat (traditionally elk, moose, buffalo or deer), fat and berries, was invented long ago by the native peoples of North America as a source of quick energy and nutrition.
After picking a few berries take a look at your fingers. In addition to being used as food, the juice of berries can be used as a natural stain or dye. Blackberries, raspberries, black raspberries, dewberries, loganberries and thimbleberries all produce dye colors that were once used by Native Americans. In Hawaii, the native raspberry, called 'akala', has been used to make a dye with lavender and pink hues. Unripe green berries have been made into green dyes.
Berries are full of nutrients and are also known for their high levels of:
- anti-oxidants and vitamin C, which help keep you from being sick.
- fiber, which makes you feel fuller and helps keep your digestion working the way it should.
Of course you don’t have to visit a berry patch. Check out the variety of berries in the store or at a farmer’s market and enjoy!
Fruits & Veggies More Matters
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