Berries

This large group of cultivated and wild fruits includes blueberries, gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries, mulberries, cranberries, and redcurrants. All of them are bursting with water-soluble super nutrients known as bioflavonoids.

These powerful antioxidants may be responsible for many of the berries’ health-giving properties and also contribute to their wide array of colours.

bilberries

bilberries

Bilberries are the European version of blueberries. It was noticed in the Second World War that British fighter pilots given bilberry jam before flying night missions appeared to see better in the dark.

blackcurrants

blackcurrants

The intense colour of blackcurrants is due to bioflavonoids, which are the antioxidant super nutrient pigments present in both blackcurrants and blueberries.

blueberries

blueberries

The wonderful supply of antioxidants in blueberries has drawn much attention from scientists who have discovered that their super nutrients like cholorgenic acid and anthocyanin pigments have potent anti-inflammatory effects which appear to protect our brains as we age.

cranberries

cranberries

The tart flavour makes raw cranberries unpalatable to most people. Sweetened cranberry juice is much more acceptable and drinking around 280ml daily has been found to be effective at warding off infections in the urinary tract.

gooseberries

gooseberries

These berries supply a mixture of antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, and carotenes. They are most palatable when cooked and sweetened.

loganberries

loganberries

A hybrid of the blackberry and raspberry and slightly larger in size, this juicy fruit is rich in antioxidants.

raspberries

raspberries

These fruits contribute useful amounts of iron to the diets of non-meat eaters. The presence of vitamin C in raspberries helps the absorption of this mineral. Raspberries are particularly good for fibre, giving us a fifth of our daily needs in a 100g portion.

redcurrants

redcurrants

These berries contain less citric acid than blackcurrants yet have similar amounts of sugar, so they taste sweeter.

strawberries

strawberries

Strawberry juice is said to have antibacterial properties. Women throughout the ages have also used the crushed wild fruits to make freckles fade on their faces. Research on strawberries has shown them to have brain-boosting effects, helping to ward off signs off brain ageing.