The Best Wild Berries to Grow
Berries are super food at its finest! If you have a large backyard you can easily let some berries run wild to help cut organic costs in your kitchen.
Plant them around the perimeter of your property. Harvest them in the summer months and freeze for year round use.
This is a great way to reduce kitchen costs for eating a whole foods, organic diet. Use your berries liberally in smoothies, desserts, or enjoy them on their own. Berries truly are the best friend of the kitchen table!
The pigments in berries are actually shown to become more bio-available with freezing and cooking. An exception to the rule that “fresher is better”.
Berries to let Run Wild:
Berries are high in proanthocyanins the bioflavanoid pigments that protect our cardiovascular systems from destruction by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Berries are not only delicious; they are the fountain of youth as they prevent heart disease and protect us from inflammation!
From a botanical standpoint, berries naturally have to be full of antioxidants because otherwise they would not be able to protect themselves from the sun. The leaves of the plant use the sun to create energy, but the delicate berries of the plants would be destroyed by the sun if it weren’t for the dark antioxidant pigments that are protective of its harmful rays. Some nature fanatics say you can even use berries as a form of sunscreen (I would only do this in an emergency situation!)
Berries are truly the fountain of youth with an anti-aging program. The high anti-oxidant capacity will surely keep you looking your finest and most fabulous.
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen table!
~Dr. Nicole Sundene