Hooray!  The sun has now started to ripen up the fruit in the garden and this evening I started to pick some fresh fruit and predict that I should be able to pick a small bowlful about every other day.  This evening it was strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants.  Lovely with ice cream (or frozen yogurt in my case), whizzed into smoothies or milk shakes or chopped into crushed meringue nests.  I'll also regularly be storing some in the freezer until I've got enough to make jam.

An added bonus is that strawberries, blueberries and raspberries can reduce your risk of heart attack because they are rich in anthocyanins, which are flavonoids thought to contribute to heart health by dilating arteries and preventing plaque build up.  Recent research suggests that women consuming at least 3 portions a week are 32% less likely to suffer a heart attack than those eating just one bowl a month - even if they eat lots of other fruit.  So, however you prefer them - at breakfast, for a snack or for dessert, berries are the way to go!


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