The NEW Superberry

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So I’ve been doing a bit of research into the next big Superberry and was surprised to find that SCOTLAND could become the world’s leading producer of  Honeyberries the next big super berry that’s likely to hit our supermarket shelves, according to industry experts. Although pretty new to the western world it appears The Honeyberry has been a source of superfood nutrition in Eastern countries, especially Russia and Japan, since the early Middle Ages.

As you can see by the picture, it’s a slightly strange looking shape, almost resembling a mini blue banana. But I am told it tastes like a cross between a raspberry and blueberry –  seems like a winner to me!

So what are it’s benefits: 

Vitamins
One of its many advantages is the high content of vitamins that are found in the honeyberry varieties.  Thus, the amount of ascorbic acid up to 170 mg per 100 g of berries, i.e. more than strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, or black currant.

Minerals
Honeyberries contain a rich set of macro-and micronutrients.  They accumulate a lot of iron, calcium, and phosphorus.  For magnesium, a component of nervous tissue, honeysuckle has no equal.  It is rich in potassium and contains twice as much as black currants, raspberries and blackberries. Honeyberries also contain a rare trace element Selenium- an element of youth and good for maintaining thyroid balance.

Fruits have previously been used in cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis, hypertension, gastritis, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, they are particularly valuable in diseases of the liver and gall bladder, as an antipyretic and a diaphoretic for colds, and they are used for frequent nosebleeds.

Honeyberry juice is also used as a health-improving drink for weakened immune systems, anemia, beriberi; it is used to treat ulcers and herpes.  Honeyberries are also used to strengthen cell walls, anti-inflammatory, astringent and diuretic.

How to eat it: The honeyberry can be eaten raw. However, the berry is also used in juices, jams and wines.

It’s been predicted honeyberries will take their place beside blueberries and other fruits on grocery shelves in the near future…So how will I be eating it when I get my hands on some, obvious answer coming up : SMOOOOOOOOTHIES

Now to find out where I can buy them…Bring me some HONEY BERRIES!

Jenny Stewart