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10 Delicious Berries to Eat While They’re Fresh

10 Delicious Berries to Eat While They’re Fresh
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You can buy berries frozen year-round, but a recent multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to a frozen blend of organic berries might give you pause and motivate you to seek out fresh ones.

The Oregon company that produced the contaminated frozen berries has recalled them, noting that they contained pomegranate seeds from Turkey. Preliminary lab studies of two specimens suggest that the strain of the hepatitis virus in the outbreak is one found in the Middle East and North Africa and rarely in North or South America, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That is, this recent hepatitis A outbreak highlights how much food the U.S. imports (currently about 20 percent) from Turkey and elsewhere and how little food produced outside the U.S. is inspected.

It is also a reminder of why it pays to buy fresh, locally grown produce. In the case of berries, fresh ones are sweeter and have a better texture than the frozen ones which often defrost into a mushy mass. High in fiber, low in calories, rich in numerous vitamins and healthful compounds including (depending on the type) flavonoids and lutein, berries have numerous health benefits. Why not take advantage of these by filling your reusable grocery bag with some?

1. Strawberries

Fresh strawberries can keep for a few days in the refrigerator. Absolutely be sure to wash them carefully! While some recommend only washing them right before you eat them, others suggest using a diluted vinegar rinse and then drying them thoroughly with paper towels to keep them fresh longer.

2. Raspberries

Considered one of the most delicate of berries, raspberries should be handled very gently. Wash them right before eating or cooking (extra moisture can speed up molding) and use within 1-2 days.

3. Blueberries

Choose plump, fragrant ones and keep them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks (and in the freezer for up to a year), if you can wait that long to eat them. Use glass or plastic containers as blueberries react with metal ones and become discolored.

4. Blackberries

Blackberries are relatives of the rose. To get the most of their antioxidants and vitamins, eat them within 24 hours after gathering or buying, lest they become moldy and mushy.

5. Huckleberries

Small and round and with a taste similar to blueberries, huckleberries contain seeds (which makes them crunchy) and thicker skins. They are not grown commercially and are found wild or in farmer’s markets (or you can grow your own). Huckleberries reach their peak in August so you can still enjoy them into the later days of summer.

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10:44PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Thank you.

11:09AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

They look so delicious! Thank you for sharing.

11:56PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

YUMMY!!!! I could go for the strawberries & blueberries RIGHT NOW!!! TU

8:07PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

thank you for this information

4:22AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Thank you.

3:50PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013


3:28PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

The orange ones are a type of gooseberry. We grew them on our farm in Ontario. They have a little brown paper looking like cover over them that looks like a little Japanese lantern and you pop them out of it.

2:03PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013


1:41PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

interesting we buy organic for healthy and their has human contamination.....I am very concern of organic....

12:04PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

I had no idea that hepatitis A could be transmitted through fruit. I have learnt something new today

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