Wild Berries

wild berry

There is something magical about berries. It may be their colour or perhaps their sweet taste. Perhaps it is because they remind us of Spring, fairy tales or walks in the woods. I don´t know.

Surely one will recognize that when a recipe contains these tiny fruit specimens, it is supposed to be something unique, luscious, almost sinful, and indeed special…

Perhaps what makes them special is the fact that they are rare and quite a challenge to harvest.

natural-raspberries

Believe me, I know. I have a couple of raspberry bushes in my vegetable garden….and so far, I have picked four (4) raspberries! Yes, four. Two are frozen in a zip-plastic bag in my freezer, waiting for others to be harvested…and hopefully in the next weeks, others will ripe and be able to harvest a handful with which I will whip up a family dessert. Like magic.
The other two? I could not resist them and I ate them somewhere between my kitchen garden and my freezer….
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh and many even retain their nutritional value longer. That’s good news for Wild Blueberries, which freeze extraordinarily well.” in http://www.wildblueberries.com/ . Good news indeed, although mine won´t wait long in the freezer, that’s for sure…
Wild berries and cultivated berries are considered non-wood forests. It is known that they are an important source of vitamins and antioxidants and as we are becoming aware of the importance of going back to digging our hands in the ground and going back to basics, I can’t wait to go wild berry picking this summer…

I have found that a lot is being done to bring back the wild berry and the cultivated berry tradition, http://plantwild.wordpress.com/ seems an interesting place to start….

mirtilo

Feira do mirtilo in Sever de Vouga is also somewhere worth going or looking up, if you are interested in the art of cultivating blueberries….and looking for some …magic…

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