After this weekend I’m pretty much oozing antioxidants from my pores. On Saturday the hubby and I picked 50 some pounds of blueberries between the two of us and Adam D’s mother. We arrived at the farm around 9 am and left after “only” 2 hot, humid, picking-filled hours. So many berries!!
There was much washing, drying, sorting and freezing/cooling (as well as LOTS of re-arranging of space at home in my normal sized fridge/freezer) in order to prep this massive amount of berries into Eat Now and Save for Later batches and store them. In all Adam and I ended up with about 40 pounds of berries (some went to our sister-in-law). That’s still a LOT of berries.
In case you need a visual image to truly understand that amount of berries: when laid out in bags (or containers) they fill half of my freezer and over 1 and a half shelves of my fridge. I have two huge containers of berries on the top shelf of the fridge, 6 bags on that lower shelf and 3 bags in the freezer at the point this picture was taken. (Yes, those are GS cookies in the freezer door. Amazing how long they last in the freezer!)
I’ve since been able to move most of the berries to the freezer. But I’ve also used a bag to make 3 batches of muffins. I took one batch to work, to rave reviews. Doubling the berries in the recipes makes for a very moist, delectably portable bit of what basically amounts to berries barely held together by muffin batter.
Between those and raw berries for breakfast, the smoothies I made with berries and vanilla ice cream last night, and the many days of bowls of berries for dessert that will come as we enjoy these Fruits of Our Labours; I think the hubby and I are going to be blue on the inside and the outside! Though I must admit, if I hear one more person wax on poetically about how many Healthy Antioxidants we’ll be getting from eating blueberries I’m going to roll my eyes so hard I’ll be seeing where I’ve been. As if the enjoyment of the tasty fruit itself isn’t nearly as important as the benefits of the flavonoids they impart!
“Several researches indicate blueberry’s potential anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects. It may also delay or prevent onset of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Health benefits of blueberry may be explained by the capacity of its antioxidants to scavenge free-radicals which are causes for age-related human diseases.”
Perhaps. I don’t really find that any one particular food stuff (whether dutifully eaten or religiously avoided) can hold the power to hold aging at bay; though I don’t deny that these little berries can contain nutrients useful to the body. If I was eating these things simply in the hopes of lowering my Free Radicals then I would likely have to laugh at even myself. There IS no fountain of youth; not even a BERRY of youth or Health. But who knows, maybe that 40 pounds of berries, split between Adam D and I, will mean an added few months to our lives thanks to their near magical levels of Antioxidant Pow-ah!
But sometimes, isn’t a berry just…a really tasty freaking berry? Which fills my fridge now almost past capacity? What about you? Do you enjoy blueberries for their delicious muffin potential? For their anti-aging Super Berry Free Radical Removing properties? Or do these little round fruits make you shrug or even gag?