Monday, July 18, 2011

No need to buy superfood - get it for free

So sayeth Wikipedia: "Superfood is a term sometimes used to describe food with high phytonutrient content that may confer health benefits as a result. For example, blueberries are often considered a superfood (or superfruit) because they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber."

I don't buy into the claims that some food would be so good for health that it would act like a medicine, but there are research results indicating that blueberries could help in combating heart diseases (and maybe also Alzheimer's).

Anyway, what is good about blueberries is that anyone can go to a forest to pick them for free - at least here in Finland - as long as they don't spoil the nature or go too near the houses.

But here is a secret: the taste of blueberries depends on the place where they grow. Some places offer watery varieties, and in some places the blueberries are sweet and spicy, with a taste reminding of apple. Once such place are the forests is Siikajärvi, near the Nuuksio national park in Espoo.

I don't know much anything which is better than good blueberries. Maybe it is the long Finnish summer days with cool nights which grow them like this, or some other reason. But good they are.

And there is another reason to go picking blueberries in Siikajärvi forests: the nature there is as beautiful as one could wish for. Maybe walking in these forests is the best cure for health problems, hmmm...

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