Blueberries, like many other berries, are like a super vitamin. They are packed with phytochemicals (the same thing that makes cranberries a urinary tract infection fighter). When we look at aging and the fight to maintain our cognitive prowess as well as memory, blueberries are a winner. In lab studies, Dr. James Joseph from
In another study, rats fed the equivalent of half a cup of blueberries a day for two months actually reversed age related decline in motor skills. They are still working to establish exactly which compounds are responsible for the effects, but the proof is not disputed; blueberries have incredible health benefits.
Now, bananas are also incredibly good for you. The thing is that to get a banana to
Blueberries grow right here in
I like the Italian system, personally. I have some Italian in me, and I think it is partly responsible for my love of tomatoes, but that is a different post. It is reported that the Italians keep their best products in
There is an increased awareness and some demand for local produce, but in order to make it most effective we actually need to be much more demanding. As a community, we have to learn to enjoy local food when it is in season, to do what our grandmother’s did and freeze, preserve and can fresh food. Pulling out a jar of your own jam is a delight, and you will know every ingredient that went into the jar. Enjoying those delights during the off season is fabulous.
In the bigger picture, buying local produce and supporting our local farmers means that we are also supporting the local economy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and leaving a smaller carbon footprint. That’s a recipe I can definitely get into.