Guess what? It’s berry season! If you’re looking for healthy and nutritious food, eating berries is a berry good idea.
Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are all considered summer berries. Eating fruits and vegetables that are in season can increase the bioavailability of nutrients, promote better shelf life, and improve the overall flavor of the food item.
Berries are packed with amazing nutrients and fiber. They are low-fat, low-calorie, and gluten-free. Berries are the most nutrient-dense when fresh, but can be stored in the freezer to prolong nutrient density.
For the best shelf life, wash your berries right before eating. Pre-washing them causes the texture of the berry to get soggy and spoil more quickly.
DID YOU KNOW: Three of the four “berries” below are not botanically considered berries because their seeds are on the outside. The word “berry” is also a culinary term. Instead, they are considered fruits. Can you figure out which one is a true berry?
|PEAK SEASON||Mid-June to August||June- September||May-August||Mid-summer|
|KEY NUTRIENTS (micronutrients in high concentration)||Antioxidants Vitamin C B-vitamins Vitamin K Manganese||Vitamin A|
Calcium Potassium Magnesium Vitamin C
|Antioxidants B-group vitamins Carotenoids Potassium Vitamin C||Vitamin C Manganese Vitamin K Vitamin E B vitamins|
For more healthy food ideas or dietary advice, consult with a registered dietitian or healthcare provider. Be sure to check out our blog for more healthy lifestyle content.
Be well. Eat well.
Sarah Wilcox MS RD LD