Sunday, July 19, 2009

Melts in Your Mouth

Summertime delicacies abound in the plant kingdom. My son's favorite is the magnificent melt-in-your-mouth raspberry. We usually buy them by the flat and have it eaten within a couple days. They are a bit expensive, but they are Packed with nutrition. You get a lot for your money in antioxidant power, vitamins, and luxurious taste. Raspberries are high in antioxidants and are known for containing the anti-carcinogenic substance ellagitannins. Manganese, vitamin C, folate, fiber, niacin, magnesium, are also found in raspberries.

They're good frozen or in jams and spreads, good in smoothies, pies and baked goods, but for me, the best way to eat raspberries are right out of the crate at the Farmer's Market (they never make it home in tact). If you do buy a flat, try to eat them in a couple of days before they start to mold. If time starts to run out, place them on a cookie sheet and freeze them individually before putting them in a bag so they don't stick together. Buy plump, deep red organic berries and savor.

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