Berries
 
There are many types of berries grown across the world. Most berries grow on prickly bramble bushes, thistles and trees. Some grow wild in woodland and hilly areas. Some berries grow better in cooler, wetter climates, but there are also berry varieties which grow well in warm, dry climates.
The history of berries date back centuries, there are many types of berry of all different colors which include white, yellow, golden, green, red, purple, blue and black berries, many of them vibrant and shiny, rich and dark - whatever the color, berries appear very attractive and many varieties of berry are used to decorate desserts.
 
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The health benefits and nutritional value of berries are outstanding. A punnet of berries will provide a family with a rich source of vitamins, nutrients and minerals.

Berries make an ideal snack, especially for children as they are small in size and often sweet and delicious. However, please remember to confirm facts and information about berries before picking them as not all types of berries are edible.

Be careful when picking berries close to the road as they may have been exposed to a great deal of dust and pollution. For more interesting, nutritional data of berries and important information and facts about the health benefits of berries, please refer to the fruit's individual page which is dedicated to the specific, named berry.

Types of Berries

Acai Berries This berry type is unusual as it grows on the acai palm tree, they a purple - red berry, around 2.5cm long. They are grown in Central and South America.

Aurora Berries  Auroras are an American variety of blueberry, one of the last to season, large sweet berries which keep very well.

Boysenberries This is a type of hybrid berries which looks like a big blackberry which is red - purple in color. A cross between a raspberry and youngberry. Ideal for making jam.

Bilberries Very similar to blueberries except the bilberry is smaller and not as sweet. It's a dark blue black berry which is round. Bilberries have a mild, delicious flavor and they provide many health benefits

Blackberries Similar to raspberries and dewberries, blackberries are a little larger than dewberries and unlike raspberries, they are deep purple black colored. These berries grown on prickly upright bramble bushes and provide many qualities including vitamin C, fibre, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Dewberries are very similar to blackberries expect they grow on long trailing branches.

Blackcurrants Small black currants / berries which grow in clusters and contain small seeds. Blackcurrant provides a good source of vitamin C which helps to ward away colds and flu. Blackcurrants are berries best cooked and used for making jellies and jam.

Blueberries Popular berries often referred to as a super food or super fruit as it has outstanding health benefits and qualities, such as promoting healthy brain function and improving memory and concentration levels. The blueberry is small, dark blue colored, firm on the outside. Berries are soft inside with soft edible seeds, mild in flavor and delicious.

Cloudberries In Canada the Cloudberries are known as Baked Apple Berries. The Cloudberry is similar to the raspberry, except its color is golden yellow. Golden berries are grown in colder climates in countries such as Scandinavia and Siberia. These berries are slow to ripen in such climates, therefore, their flavor intensifies during the growing process more so than many other berry varieties - this strong flavor makes the berries taste divine!

Cranberries This type of berry is hugely popular. Cranberry is often used in sauces or stuffing to accompany meat such as turkey, traditionally served with Christmas dinner. Cranberries are small, round, red, firm and sour. These berries are excellent cooked, dried or for making juice.

Craneberries This variety of berry originated from America. The Craneberry is a larger, sweeter variety of cranberry and it is a very popularly type of berry that is used at Thanksgiving dinner.

Elderberries These berries type grow in clusters of small shiny black berries which are very sweet and fragrant. Elderberry has a high vitamin C content. These berries are ideal for adding flavor and color to drinks including wine.

Goji Berries This kind of berry is also known as the Chinese wolfberry. Goji berries are grown in Asia and Southeastern Europe. This type of berry refers to two the fruit of two plant species which are the Chinese Lycium Chinense and Lycium Barbarum. The wolf berries are bright red orange colored, they contain little yellow seeds and are 1-2 cm long.

Gooseberries The Gooseberry is very different to other types of berry as its generally larger in size, bright green to purple in color with firm, tough skin. The flavor and texture of Gooseberries can vary from sour and tough to sweet and soft. Goose berries have faint lines running down their skin. This berry provides fibre, vitamin A, C, D, calcium, potassium, niacin and phosphorus. The calories in Gooseberry are very low.
 
 
Haw Berries These berries grown on hawthorns or May trees. They are small in size, deep red in color and they grow in clusters. Haws have a bitter, strong taste. Theses berries are good for making sauces and jellies.

Huckleberries The Huckleberry is small with firm skin. They contain hard seeds inside them. Huckleberries taste sharp and strong. Tangleberry is a similar American variety.

Loganberries These are hybrid berries - a cross between a raspberry and a dewberry.

Mulberries These are common berries used in wine, pies, tarts and other berry recipes. Mulberry grows on trees. There are different kinds which include white or black Mulberries.

Redcurrants Small bright shiny berries which grow in clusters. Suitable for eating raw. Excellent for cake decoration as they look so attractive. Ideal ingredient for berry desserts.

Raspberries A small red berry fruit, there are also yellow raspberry varieties available. These berries are delicious, succulent and sweet. Ideal for healthy baking and packed full of vitamins and nutrients - berries which can significantly improve health and well-being.

Rose Hips These are actually seed pods of roses which may be red or orange shades of color. Rose hips can be eaten providing the hairy seeds are removed first. The rose hip has an extremely high content of Vitamin C. They are ideal for making jellies and syrup.

Rowan berries These are small berries which grow in clusters. The rowanberry is bright red orange colored, and it is eaten mainly by wild birds as Rowanberries grow from the Mountain Ash Tree. When it comes to human consumption, Rowans are berries which are most commonly used as an ingredient in orange jelly.

Youngberries Hybrid berry, deep red blackberry. Cross between dewberry & loganberry.

Strawberries These delicious berries are ripe when red. The Strawberry is one of the most commonly eaten types of berry. They range from small to large in size. The health benefits of strawberries are high as this fruit is crammed with vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B and C, iron, potassium and fibre. Strawberries are sweet and tasty, they are ideal for all sorts of recipes including smoothies.

Tayberries This is a bright red, hybrid berry which is ideal for cooking. The Tayberry originates from Scotland. It is a cross between the Tetraploid Raspberry and the Aurora Blackberry.

Whitecurrants This variety are small white golden berries which grow in clusters. Whitecurrant is suitable for eating raw. They are excellent for cake decoration as they look lovely with a sprinkling of icing sugar. White currants are also ideal for using in cake and tart recipes.
 
 
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