“Berries are just good for you!”
The above quote is enough to say how effective berries are for everybody.
Slow-growing shrubs are the source of delicious and lucrative berries that quench the fruit thirst of food lovers throughout the year. Berry plants are normally 9 –10 ft in height; sometimes they can attain the height of 15 ft. Berries require partial sun and shade, acidic soil and regular water to grow properly.
Botanically, berries are the common types of fleshy fruits, in which the entire ovary wall of the fruit ripens into an edible part. Seeds are small and soft and remain embedded inside the flesh of the fruits.
Depending on the color, shape, and type of fruits, berries are categorized as:
Bilberry – dark blue berries of European type.
Blackberry – large berries, black or purplish in color.
Blueberry – dark blue berries of American type.
Cranberry – white, black or pink in color.
Gooseberry – small, dark purple berries.
Grape – green or purple edible berries.
Huckleberry – blackish red or blue, oval or round.
Raspberry – bright red or dark pink, oval or round.
Strawberry – small, pretty, cone shaped bright red.
According to research, berries are the richest resources of antioxidants among fruits.
Berries possess the richest content of antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are very helpful for fighting diseases. Berries are also enriched with a number of vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium and zinc.
Since berries are rich in phytochemicals, they have the wonderful power of preventing diseases. Phytochemicals present in these fruits help in avoiding and decreasing the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, and stomach ulcers and reduce cholesterol levels in our body.
Berries are extremely delicious if they are eaten fresh while whole instead of cutting into slices. This way of eating gives you the maximum pleasure of the berries. However, berries are also processed to prepare fruit juices, jams, jellies and they mix well in fruit salads. Berries are used to decorate desserts like pies, cakes, and puddings.