Berries are Berry, Berry Good for You
There are few things in life that taste oh so good and are as good for you as berries. Research shows that berries help keep you mentally sharp, help manage weight and diabetes, support eye health, and fight aging. New reports show a strong link between regularly eating fresh berries and the prevention of cardiovascular, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Fresh berries that help us keep strong and healthy have never been so easy to come by and grow. Bushel and Berry® have introduced blueberries, raspberries and blackberries that are easy enough for even a novice to grow. No space? No problem. These are all compact varieties that can be grown in a pot on a sunny balcony or patio. It doesn’t get any fresher or more local than growing your own.
Benefits of Berries
Raspberries are low in fat and high in fiber, just ½ cup delivers 4 grams. They also have high amounts of polyphenols which help reduce the risks of heart disease. Also packed with 25% of your daily dose of vitamin C, which helps the body to absorb iron in other foods.
Blackberries contain more vitamin E than any other fruit, which helps your heart and arteries. They contain high levels of antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, which can help fight against the adverse impact of free radicals in the body. One cup of blackberries has almost 1/3 of the daily recommended amount of fiber. They’re also rich in vitamin C and contain iron, calcium and vitamin A.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and K. Vitamin C aids in wound healing and boosts immunity. Vitamin K helps blood flow smoothly and contributes to healthy bones. Blueberries are considered to be low on the glycemic index and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Top Berry Bushes to Plant
Add all three of these berries to your yard or patio for fresh harvests with essential health benefits.
Baby Cakes®, an easy-to-grow blackberry bush that grows to be about 3-4 feet tall. It’s thornless, making it perfect even for households with children. In most regions, Baby Cakes will produce sweet berries twice in one season. This plant is just as decorative as its fruits are edible — add it to your patio or entryway in a container to brighten up your outdoor space. Grow in full sun in zones 4-8.
Raspberry Shortcake® is a revolutionary thornless dwarf raspberry that grows to be 2-3 feet tall. It produces mid-summer fruit that has a sweet, traditional raspberry flavor. Raspberry Shortcake is compact, with a rounded growth habit and thrives in a patio pot or in the landscape. Perfect for children and adults, this carefree nutritious raspberry requires no staking or big garden spaces. Grow in full sun in zones 4-9.
Pink Icing® blueberry is a four-season showstopper that grows 3-4 feet tall. Spring brings a lovely new foliage color that has varying shades of pink mixed with blue and deeper greens. In winter, Pink Icing’s foliage takes on a stunning iridescent turquoise blue foliage hue. Perfect for small spaces on patios or decks, Pink Icing has a slightly spreading habit. Enjoy its large, sweet berries during mid-summer. Grow in full sun in zones 5-10.
About Bushel and Berry
Bushel and Berry® is a collection of easy to grow, exceptionally beautiful and delicious berry plants for the home garden. With many stunning and easy-to-care-for varieties to choose from, Bushel and Berry® is revolutionizing the way we bring food to the table. Learn more by visiting www.BushelAndBerry.com.