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Why You Should be Eating More Raspberries

At Spanish Garden Berry Farm you can pick yourself fresh from the cane red raspberries and black raspberries.  These jewels are delicious and good for you!
It may be somewhat annoying when raspberry seeds get stuck in your teeth, but this doesn't necessarily mean you should avoid eating them. Raspberry seeds are a source of dietary fiber, essential fatty acids and antioxidants.
Read below why!
Nothing quite tastes like summer more than a handful of fresh-picked berries. Red raspberries one of the most popular berries out there, shine like jewels in any dish from breakfast bowls to desserts to an array of berry baked goods. Don’t let these berries mesmerize you with their bright colors though; these berries are jam-packed (jam, get it?) with phytonutrients and antioxidants. So, let’s break it down and discover the health benefits offered by red raspberries and black raspberries.
Red Raspberries have a sweet yet tangy flavor bursting from tiny individual fruits that make up the raspberry as a whole. Because of this structure, raspberries are considered “aggregate” fruits. Among the 200 plus species, there are three basic groups of raspberries: red (most common), black, and purple. These three groups share similar nutritional profiles so pick whichever group is most convenient for you! Raspberries belong to the Rose family of plants along with apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, and even almonds are a distant cousin.
Nutrients in 1 cup (123 g):
  • 54% Daily Value of Vitamin C
  • 41% Daily Value of Manganese
  • 32% Daily Value of Fiber
  • 12% Daily Value of Vitamin K
Black raspberries are a dark berry similar to raspberries and blackberries. They are native to North America and can typically be found fresh in the month of July. You can use black raspberries in similar ways to red raspberries. They are an excellent snack and you can also use them in pie recipes and to top cereal.  Black raspberries are higher in iron than many other fruits, with 1.4 mg per serving. This provides 18 percent of the daily value for men and 8 percent for women. Iron is essential for the formation of hemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrier protein found in red blood cells.

With the perfect size for grab-and-go snacking, burst of juicy sweetness in each morsel, and health benefits galore.
One Green Planet raspberry recipes here

Aronia berry, the King Kong of berries

Aronia Berries
In the world of berries, antioxidant activity is a major factor in the endless jockeying for position as top berry. Aronia has greater antioxidant activity than cranberry, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, pomegranate, goji and mangosteen. You can think of aronia as the King Kong of antioxidant berries.
They fight the formation of arterial plaque and lower serum cholesterol, and they protect the liver against a host of insults and toxins.  In our ever-increasingly diabetic society, aronia’s compounds help to lower blood sugar and improve the body’s own natural production of insulin.