Northern California enjoys an early berry season, with strawberries appearing for sale at farmers’ markets mid-February. However, April and May showcase the true abundance of in-season berries, including cherries, blackberries and blueberries.
Berries have extraordinary health benefits and are easy to fold into recipes or simply eat by the handful. Blackberries, cherries, raspberries and strawberries all contain high amounts of Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants (protect the body against chronic disease and inflammation).
Typically, the darker a berry is, the higher the antioxidant properties are. Why are antioxidants powerful substances? Free radicals which are produced by stress, environmental and other factors create oxidative stress within the body. Antioxidantsprotect the body by neutralizing and abolishing free radicals from the bloodstream.