Has anyone been to a farmer’s market recently? If not, try to pay a visit because this is that special time of year when berries are bountiful. From strawberries to raspberries to blueberries and beyond, the summer months are the best time of year to add more fresh berries into your diet. But why are berries their best in the summer?
Berries taste better in the summer. Some of us might be lucky enough to have access to berries year-round, but if you’ve ever tasted a strawberry in the middle of winter then you’ll know that it doesn’t have the same sweetness as one harvested at its peak in the summer. Foods grown and harvested during their correct season have their full flavor.
Berries are healthier for you in the summer. Eating seasonal food may be healthier as they can contain more nutrients. Berries are a great source of Vitamin C, but if they’re grown off-season, they won’t have their full nutrition potential. Berries are usually grown in warmer conditions, and if you live in a cold climate, chances are the berries have to be harvested early so they can be transported hundreds of miles to your local grocery store. Plants lose nutrients when they are picked, and foods picked early for transportation aren’t as good as fruits and veggies ripened the good old fashioned, natural way.
Berries are cheaper in the summer. Aside from taste and nutrition, eating off-season can be expensive! You’ll be paying a lot more for those winter blueberries because it takes so much to grow them and transport them from lands far away. If you eat seasonally, there is so much to harvest that local farmers can sell at lower prices. Any way to save money and eat fresh, healthy food is the way to go.
So eating in season pays off, and it also keeps life exciting. In the spring, it’s great to look forward to how you’ll incorporate more berries on your plate. That’s because eating in season builds anticipation for the next harvest, which also means a refreshing change in your diet.
Aside from eating berries fresh, try out a few of these ideas to eat more berries:
- Blend up berries in a smoothie. You can always freeze berries if you buy a lot. Try out this Fat Burning Green Smoothie or fight bloating with this smoothie that’s full of berries.
- Make pops when it’s hot, like this fun Strawberry Melon Ice Cube Pop recipe.
- Turn a salad from boring to fancy. Add fresh berries to your salad for some sweetness and a pretty pop of color.
- Put your berries in a pickle. This picked blueberry recipe is great for fish or chicken.
- Make a berry sauce. Another recipe great to serve with fish or chicken is this Strawberry Pineapple Sauce.
Hopefully you get to take advantage of all the berries this summer and enjoy them in your healthy dishes!