If raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are already quite tired, it is worth paying attention to less popular specimens, among them there are many worthy options that can boast not only taste, but also benefits. About them — in our selection.
Familiar from childhood from the picture on the caramel of the same name, scarlet barberry berries are rarely eaten fresh. It is much tastier to turn fruits into spices, various jams and pickles, or even dry them. Barberry makes great jams, compotes or syrups. They have a recognizable sweet taste and go well with various kinds of pastries. Dried berries can also be consumed in ground form, seasoning meat or side dishes with them.
Cherry berries begin to ripen in the middle of summer and immediately become the subject of attention of birds, who especially like dark, sweet, slightly astringent fruits. And if birds can eat every berry from the tree, then you and I should take the harvest more responsibly. Berries should have the correct spherical shape, they should not have any damage and dents. The collected bird cherry can be stored only at a low temperature, but not in a warm room. It is better to eat berries fresh, they look good in baking or as an addition to drinks from other berries. The only thing for which bird cherry is not suitable in any way is for jams — they turn out completely useless from it.
It will be quite easy to recognize gumi among the many berries and fruits, they are distinguished by a bright red skin with characteristic silver dots all over the surface of a small oval fruit. Jam from gumi turns out to be too cloying, so we recommend trying the berries fresh — they taste like persimmons to someone (because of the viscosity), someone sees in them a lot in common with cherries (sourness), some will assure that gumi is nothing but small apples (sweetness). As for the beneficial properties, these red berries have a tonic and anti-inflammatory effect, for which they are valued in folk medicine.
In the middle of summer, amazing irgi berries ripen. They taste sweet, but outwardly somewhat resemble blueberries. In dried form, they can easily be confused with raisins. Fresh irga is a rich source of various vitamins and minerals, among which it is especially worth highlighting flavonols, vitamins P, B, carotene, fiber and pectins, for the high concentration of which our ancestors especially valued the berry. Previously, irga was considered a healing berry. It is one of the leaders in the content of vitamin C and carotene. The fruits of this plant are shown to people suffering from problems with digestion, vision, as well as suffering from insomnia.
Lemongrass has a pronounced tart and even burning taste, which is why these berries can most often be found in various kinds of jams, jams and jams, but not in fresh form. Tea and numerous tinctures are also made from the collected berries. These bright red, sometimes pink fruits are known for their tonic effect. They are recommended for mental and physical fatigue, as well as for prolonged depression and apathy. Lemongrass helps to improve the general condition of the body, and is also good as a prevention of colds.
A blackberry-like berry begins to ripen in mid-July and it is recommended to eat it directly from the bush. Do not hope that you will be able to gather mulberries for the future. These berries tend to deteriorate extremely quickly and when collected, they instantly lose their taste and incredible aroma. Mulberry is a record holder in terms of potassium content, it is especially recommended for people prone to heart and gastrointestinal tract diseases.
Blackthorn berries can be seen on the shelves in August. In appearance, they resemble blueberries — dark skin with a white coating and greenish-white flesh. Not everyone will like the taste of thorn, tart sour berries are not to everyone’s liking. And in vain, because these nondescript fruits are a real natural pill for diseases of the stomach, intestines, liver. Thorn is also good in the fight against neuralgia and metabolic disorders.
Sea buckthorn berries have a strong antioxidant effect, prevent aging of the body, and also stimulate the work of internal organs. In addition, sea buckthorn increases the overall human immunity and is especially useful for pregnant women. You can use sea buckthorn both fresh and by turning it into jam or a base for tea with honey and mint.
Spicy, slightly sour cloudberry berries are rich in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins C and A. Cloudberry is also valuable due to its high content of tocopherols, which accelerate tissue regeneration. You can eat berries fresh, enjoying a pleasant and unusual taste, or pickled. These orange northern berries make excellent compotes, jams and even wines.