THE HOLIDAYS WOULDN’T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT DESSERTS, AND BERRIES ARE OFTEN THE STARS OF FESTIVE SWEET TREATS. HERE, WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME BERRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
are native to North America, most of Asia, and Scandinavia. The plants bloom in May and June and ripen from June to August. The fruits are round with a dark blue colour and sour-sweet taste. Blueberries contain numerous health benefits and are a source of organic acids, vitamins and minerals.
Native to Europe, raspberries are often used in desserts. The fruit contains antioxidant polyphenols called ellagitannins, which can help reduce oxidative stress.
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are native to China and often used in traditional medicine. They are often considered as a superfruit. In traditional medicine, Goji berries have numerous health benefits, such as improving blood sugar control and boosting energy levels.
are native to Europe. They are hard to grow and have small fruits, thus seldom cultivated in home gardens. The fruit is eaten fresh or made into juices, jams or pies. In France and Italy, bilberries are often used as a base for liqueurs and a popular flavouring for desserts.
Native to North America, cranberries are a healthy fruit with a sour taste. They are rarely eaten raw. Instead, the fruit is usually made into juices or sauces. Cranberry sauce is considered an essential part of traditional American Thanksgiving menus and European winter festivals
are small, round, dark black- purple drupes very similar in appearance to grapes. They grow on açaí palm trees native to the Brazilian Amazon region. The fruit has become a popular health food supplement thanks to its high antioxidant content.
Gooseberries are native to the colder areas of Europe and parts of Asia. They grow as small trees and bear green, red, purple, yellow, or even white fruit. Wild gooseberries have smaller berries than cultivated ones, but their taste is generally better
Strawberries are undoubtedly one of the most commonly consumed berries in the world. Wild strawberries are native to the Alps while the large strawberry is a variety of strawberry coming from two American species that were mixed in Europe. Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C.