The summer in Cornwall so far this year seems to have consisted mostly of wet, warm and humid days which, while it has produced some pretty amazing big and frizzy hair days for me, has also produced an abundance of summer berries in our garden.
I’m not particularly green-fingered so I was delighted to find myself picking a good amount of raspberries and blackcurrants daily. The blueberries aren’t quite ready yet but it looks like there will be a plentiful supply of those too very soon. There have been too many berries to eat fresh each day so I am stocking up the freezer so that we have a supply well into the autumn/winter. Great for those breakfasts with some greek yoghurt, seeds and nuts! They also taste particularly delicious served with a dollop of Cornish clotted cream…
Knowing that they have been grown organically in the garden so are as fresh as they come, these little berries are packed full of nutrition too.
- Extremely high in vitamin C – 100 g will provide you with 300% of the recommended daily amount! They are packed full with anti-oxidants.
- They are a good source of B vitamins, containing the essential vitamin B1, B5 and B6.
- Blackcurrants are packed with flavonoids and multiple minerals.
- They provide a good amount of iron.
- Raspberries are high in fibre and vitamin C.
- Research suggests that red raspberries could prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells and promoting normal healthy cells.
- They are a rich source of flavonoids which is beneficial for heart health and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, obesity and age-related decline.
- Raspberry ketones are similar to capsacin (also found in red pepper) which is known to inhibit cancer cell growth.