Why you should eat berries

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Last Sunday, my little person and I picked mulberries at a friend’s farm.

the farm

Colin warned us at the outset that the berries this year were a little dry; on tasting, I found them to be some of the sweetest I had ever eaten! We walked away from his farm with 2.6L of berries, 20 purple fingers and 2 very happy hearts [thank you, Colin!].

purple fingers

As is the case for berries in general, mulberries comprise naturally high doses of beneficial vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, including [sources: www.nutrition-and-you.com, Healthmad]:

  • flavonoids (in the form of cancer-preventing anthocyanins, to be exact);
  • zeaxanthin – a carotenoid that aids good eye health;
  • resveratrol – technically another flavonoid, but this one really came into its own when red wine, which contains resveratrol, was reported to prevent heart disease when ingested in moderation;
  • iron – for energy;
  • appreciable amounts of potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium and phosphorus; and
  • vitamins A, B group, C, E and K – essential for healing, immunity and happy disposition.

And, aside from all of that, they are delicious!

If you happen to live in Perth, you can also find blueberries and strawberries in season right now. You can use berries in so many raw and cooked recipes, like smoothies, jellies, tarts and sauces. We have been enjoying and sharing our mulberries exactly as they are: perfect little packages of purple goodness.

yummy mulberries

H 🙂

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ahhh that looks great. I have so many fond mulberry memories as we had a tree in the house I lived in growing up and I’d be eating them all the time!

    I also wrote my name in mulberries on someones fence and my parents went walking past and saw it and I got in HUGE trouble! I wasn’t smart enough back then to know that if I was going to fruit-graffiti I probably shouldn’t write my own name. Hehe.

    Thanks for sharing this special experience 🙂 X

    1. Hannah says:

      Thanks for your comment, Annette. I love the story about your graffiti attempt – I guess at least you were using natural dyes!

      H 🙂

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