Picking or eating berries is a special treat. They're so delicious and beautiful – think about rich red strawberries, juicy blueberries, and tangy cranberries.
Berries are among Albanian favorite fruits especially black berries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. One of the most common types of raki in Albania is the one made of blackberry. In Albania, farmers are embracing the cultivation of raspberries as they have seen the great potential of this juicy fruit, as in the case of Superberry Albania in Divjak, supported by a Dutch Government project, which gives us many years of satisfaction and health.
Tropoja is one of the regions with the highest concentration of blueberries in the country. The Albanian blueberries have an advantage in this regard as they are wild and not cultivated, which increases their nutritional values, by making them a sought product. Nevertheless the reality is that the lack of a real market for blueberries puts barriers to the trade of this fruit, to the point that it doesn’t make it to be traded not even in the capital, Tirana.
Berries should also be a part of your diet because they're loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, plus they're rich in antioxidants that can protect your cells from free-radical damage. And best of all, they're low in calories, so they're perfect for weight-watching diets.
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Blueberries seem to make it to the top of almost every superfoods list. Probably because they're chock full of antioxidants. Blueberries are available year-round.
They're also good for plenty of nutrients – one cup of blueberries has lots of potassium and almost 4 grams of fiber. You'll also get a good dose of vitamin C and only 83 calories.
Nibble on a handful of blueberries as a snack.
Strawberries are luscious berries that are easy to find in every grocery store year round in Albania. They're also inexpensive and loaded with good nutrition.
One cup of strawberries contains over 100 milligrams of vitamin C, almost as much as a cup of orange juice. Strawberries also have calcium, magnesium, folate, and potassium. And they're low in calories – one cup of strawberries has only 53 calories.
Keep them healthy by keeping them simple. Serve sliced berries with a dab of whipped cream and almond slivers. Dip large strawberries in chocolate for a nutritious snack that feels totally decadent.
Raspberries are beautiful berries that are best during the summer months when they're at their peak and most affordable. They're delicate and don't keep very long, so use them quickly. Most raspberries are red, but you might find gold or black raspberries, too. Nutritionwise, raspberries are rich in calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Plus, they're low in calories – one cup of raspberries has 64 calories. Make tasty raspberry parfaits with plain yogurt.
Blackberries look like large black raspberries, and they have a tangier flavor. They're quite good for you because they're high in calcium, vitamin C, and potassium, plus one cup of blackberries has over 7 grams of fiber about 60 calories. And like all berries, they're loaded with antioxidants.
Blackberries are delicious in smoothies or served with a bit of creme fraiche.
What About Cherries?
Technically, cherries aren't berries because they have inedible pits, but these little red fruits are used in a similar fashion.
Cherries contain several nutrients and antioxidants, and dark cherries are an excellent source of melatonin – similar to the hormone that increases in your body as you get sleepy. In fact, nibbling on a small bowlful of cherries before bedtime just might help you sleep better.
Serve pitted cherries with plain yogurt or a tart frozen yogurt. Or add cherries to a smoothie with bananas, strawberries, or other fruits./AgroWeb.org