In Finland, one of the best activities to do during the summer is berry picking! Cloudberry, lingonberry, blueberry, raspberry…are just some of the delicious berries that you can find an eat in the astonishing Finnish forests!
So, what should you do if you have a big harvest?
The best thing to do would be to eat the berries when they are still fresh as they contain the highest level of nutrients compared to those after storing or processing. But, in case you really need to store your precious and fresh harvest, then you should follow these steps:
- separate the berries according to the color (avoid those with any odd spots) and texture (avoid those bruised or squashed);
- wash and dry gently;
- put in a sealed container and place in the refrigerator.
Be aware that frozen berries generally contain fewer nutrients and do not taste as good as the fresh ones!
Besides freezing or eating them fresh, berries can also be turned into wine or jam, which can last for a very long time. Indeed, the alcohol contained in the wine and the acidic and high sugar content in the jam, prevent the growth of microorganisms.
In addition to this, certain berries contain benzoic acids and other organic acids, which have an antimicrobial effect.
However, whenever you eat blueberries, lingonberries, cloudberries and so on, you should make sure that they are not contaminated by either soil or animal feces.
Berries are healthy and delicious, when are you going to pick yours?
The information provided here is served as a general guideline.
Nutritionist of The Froodly Team
Wan Lih Ching