Health benefits aside, shop prices and quality have led to more and more gardeners growing their own fruit and berries at home. I find with supermarket fruit that a lot of the flavour has slowly disappeared over the years and the quality and texture of fruit can be questionable at best if bought out of season. It seems like a different berry or fruit is labelled the best superfood for this or that each year but in our opinion they are all super. A lot of commonly available fruit will have travelled a very long way from some kind of large commercial farm. Fruit and berries grown in this manner will have the very highest rates of pesticides and whatever additives and preservatives are added to make them look better and last longer on the shelves. The advantages of growing your own fruit over these methods hardly need to be talked about on this blog, but here are some of the health benefits of our most popular and nutritious fruit.
Apples Contains iron and calcium Good source of vitamin C and A Antioxidants Soluble fibre (cleanses and detoxifies) Pectin (reduces cholesterol, adds dietary fibre) Eating an apple each day can reduce the risk of skin disease, and will keep the doctor away apparently.
Pears Source of fibre Vitamins C, E & B2 Pectin (good for digestive health) antioxidants essential nutrients Potassium
Goji Berries Antioxidants High levels of Vitamin C & B amino acids iron beta carotene (a safe source of Vitamin A)
Boysenberries Calcium Magnesium Vitamin C Iron potassium antioxidants
Redcurrants Vitamins C, K, B1-3, 5 & 6 Calcium Iron magnesium phosphorus potassium
Blackcurrants Potassium Vitamins A, E, B1-3, 5 & 6 High levels of Vitamin C Iron Phosphorous A wide range of essential nutrients
White Currants Vitamin C, E, K, B1-3, 5 & 6 Calcium Iron
Cranberries Vitamins A, B6, High levels of Vitamin C Magnesium Iron A good source of dietary fibre
Mullberries Very high source of Vitamin C flavonoids Iron Calcium Magnesium Contains dietary fibre Antioxidants
Blueberries Antioxidants Vitamin C & K dietary fibre Increase cardiovascular health
Figs High in dietary fibre Promotes Cardiovascular health Vitamins A, C, B6 Calcium Iron Magnesium (strengthens bones and and promotes better heart health) Potassium (helps control Blood Pressure)
Hazelnuts Excellent source of dietary fibre Calcium Vitamins C & B6 Magnesium Potassium High in Iron Antioxidants
Gooseberries High source of dietary fibre Vitamin B6, Contains plenty of Vitamin C Calcium Iron potassium (good for blood pressure) Antioxidant rich Improves gastrointestinal health Help to lower cholesterol
Jostaberries High in Vitamin C Antioxidants
Tayberries A good source of dietary fibre for digestive health Contains Vitamin A Nutrient rich Iron Flavonoids (for regeneration and reparing cells)
Loganberries Calcium Iron Potassium Fibre Antioxidants Vitamins A, C, D, E, K and various B vitamins.
Plums High in Potassium, which is great for reducing high blood pressure. A good source of dietary fibre Contains high levels of Vitamins A, C, E & K Antioxidants Contains some Iron
Raspberries A great source of fibre Vitamin C, B 1-3 Folic acid Antioxidants
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