Newfoundland is filled with delicious and nutrient dense berries. They are everywhere – on bog and marshland, surrounding tree lines and on flat fields. Not only are these berries plentiful all over our province, they are also very beneficial for our health, nourishing our bodies with many vitamins and minerals. Here’s some information on a few of my favourite local berries and the health benefits they have to offer:
Bakeapples (also known as cloudberries)
Bakeapples, also known as the cloudberry, have to be my favourite Newfoundland berry, not only for their delicious sweet taste but also because they are jam packed full of nutrients. These vibrant orange berries like to hang out on bog or marshland. They may be a little hard to get to, but they are well worth the hike! These berries offer antioxidant properties and are great for supporting the immune and circulatory systems. They also contain some other important nutrients, including:
- Vitamin C
I love eating these berries on their own, or using them to make homemade bakeapple jam. Yum!
Blueberries are such delicious, sweet tasting little berries. Blueberries grow on low and high bushes in wooded and open areas. Plump and juicy, these little blue guys are also bursting with potent antioxidants called anthocyanins. This lovely antioxidant offers the following health benefits:
- Protects your body against cardiovascular disease
- Acts as a very effective anti-inflammatory
- Supports the immune system
I can sit down and eat a full punnet of blueberries all on their own, but they are also amazing in baked goods and a great addition to homemade chocolate treats!
Partridgberries grow on evergreen vines or shrubs in wooded upland areas. They have a tart flavour and are perfect to use in jams or other baked goodies. Partridgeberries are another great source of antioxidants and also provides our bodies with many health benefits, such as:
- Helping to prevent urinary tract infections
- Helping to prevent high blood pressure
- It is also believed that Native Americans used these berries to help women with menstrual cramps and pain
Perhaps the king of the berries, these red wonders are fleshy, juicy and mouth-wateringly delicious, and great for working into crumbles, baked goods, or adding to pancakes. They’re also pretty great to eat all on their own! As with most of the berries on this list, strawberries offer antioxidant properties, but also provide some other beneficial nutrients, including:
- Some B vitamin
Raspberries are great for making jams and baked goodies and are also enjoyed fresh on their own. These berries too have antioxidant properties as well as these rasping great benefits:
- Promote balance in our nervous and circulatory systems
- Used to treat diarrhea
- Help relieve symptoms of nervousness and depression
That concludes our mini-tour of some of Newfoundland’s most prominent berries! Go forth, pick your own and enjoy the colour and flavour of these delicious little nutritional wonders!