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Mythbuster 1.0 – Berries

Keeping in line with the berry theme this month the Foodstree team looks to bust some myths regarding them.

Don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t judge a berry by its looks! While a perfectly symmetrical, big, spotless berry might look the most tempting, it might not be the best choice in terms of taste and health. Here’s why a) symmetricity and b) size aren’t the best basis to buy fresh berries:

  1. Uniform berries don’t automatically mean that they are of good quality. Symmetricity is generally a sign that they have been bred in high volumes for commercial purposes. Such berries look great while presenting or garnishing, but tend not to be as flavourful or juicy.
  2. The same goes for size – when it comes to berries, bigger doesn’t mean better! As a rule, bigger berries have less flavour and nutrients. A larger berry will also have a lower skin-to-water ratio, and it’s the skin where most of the nutrients lie.

Our advice would be to buy your fresh berries from a reputable and trusted source, where you can be confident that they have been grown with good practices, care and natural methods. Farmer’s markets are an excellent place for such purchases – the fruit might not be as pretty or large, but will surely be tastier and better for you!

Foodstree Pro Tip:

Don’t wash your berries until just before eating. Moisture speeds up the spoiling – so store them in a clean, dry place and they will last longer.

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