Study Claims Blackcurrant Is No 1 ‘Superfruit’

BLACKCURRANTS

The humble blackcurrant is the ultimate “superfruit” which can help fight cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s, new findings show.

The berry is far more nutritious than more exotic fruits such as goji berries and blueberries, favoured by celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna, and has the benefit of being home-grown, scientists claim.

Research by Dr Derek Stewart, of the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), has found the blackcurrant contains greater levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than 20 other fruits tested.

Crucially the amount of antioxidants means that eating blackcurrants can help prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, eye strain, MRSA and diabetes, among other ailments.

The study looked at 20 fruits and measured the levels of antioxidants and the nutritional value. In the majority of cases the blackcurrant outperformed its rivals.

Dr Stewart, the head of the quality, health and nutrition programme at SCRI, said: “The motivation for the research came from the huge publicity surrounding superfruits, coupled with the lack of consumer knowledge and understanding of what a superfruit is or what a fruit must contain. We wanted to find out which fruit came out on top. And blackcurrants can claim to be the number one superfruit.”

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Superfruit: Goji Berry

Superfood: Goji Berry

The Goji Berry, also known as Wolfberries (Lycium barbarum/chinense), the Himalayan fruit that contains all 18 amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen), 21 minerals as well as huge amounts of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6 & E). Gram for gram they are packed with even more iron than steak and spinach and more beta carotene and vitamin C than carrots and oranges, respectively. A true Superfood if ever there was one but also the most fashionable too. The plants are very hardy and cope well with salt winds and even droughts too so are perfect for most climates and most people.

goji-berries

I’ve personally never even tried a fresh Goji Berry, only ever had them in their dried format but they were lovely, I can’t wait to plant a bush this year and eventually reap the rewards in the future. This is my little girls (coming up 2) second favorite fruit behind Blueberries, she’ll be more excited than me to try them. It’s gonna be lovely to show her them growing on the plant. She invaded the greenhouse most days eating my tomatoes from the greenhouse last year, it was so cute but I don’t think she’ll be waiting till the berries are ripe, wish the plants luck for me.

The Pinkberry

The Pinkberry

It’s a pink Blueberry that’s reputed to be twice as sweet as your average Blueberry, what more reason do you need to try it. It’s named ‘Pink Lemonade’ and it’s the result from years of development in the 1970’s by the United States Department of Agriculture.

It appears to have become popular with home growers in recent years due to the growing research into the power of cancer-fighting antioxidants from so called “super-fruits” like blueberries. People speak of added beneficial effects that can be gained from certain colour pigments in fruits like the colour purple for instance, maybe pink has something worth having too. I think it’s potentially a bit of a novelty for those looking for something a bit different BUT I don’t see why it’s not worth having in your collection, diversity is beneficial is it not?

The fruits begin green, then become speckled in pink and then take on a rich pink colouring as they mature in August and September. The plant also has decorative merits due to it’s fiery orange foliage in the autumn.
Like all blueberries it also requires an acidic soil so is especially happy in a large container of ericaceous compost. It reaches about 5ft/1.5m high and wide, with masses of twiggy branches. Although it’s self fertile, it will crop much heavier if another blueberry is planted nearby.-

I know my little girls going to completely love these, Blueberrys are already her favorite fruit. Just hoping I won’t have to wait too long before we get a harvest to taste, they look delicious.

I’ll be getting mine from Blackmoor: http://www.blackmoor.co.uk/category/303/products/1001747

More Superfruit: Honeyberry

Superfruit: Lonicera caerulea (syn. Honeyberry)
Another Superfruit: Honeyberry

This edible honeysuckle produces fruits that can be eaten fresh or used in pies and muffins. High in Antioxidants, Vitamin B & C, they taste similar to blueberries with a slight honey after-taste. The little bushes only reach 90cm (3ft) high and are very hardy, drought resistant and easy to grow. Two plants are required for pollination purposes.

Get a good variety of different plants in your garden! Make some Honeyberry Muffins for your self and friends, something you won’t find on a supermarket shelf.

Healthiest Fruit In The World: Aronia Berry?

Superfruit: Aronia x prunifolia ‘Viking’ (syn. Black Chokeberry)
Healthiest Fruit In The World: Aronia Berry?

Three times the level of antioxidants found in blueberries and high in vitamin C, this is said to be the healthiest fruit in the world
The berries are too sharp to be eaten raw but are ideal for sauces in summer puddings or blended into juices and smoothies.
The plants are very hardy, easy to grow and will do best in moist, fertile soils in sun or part shade.
Pollination: Self-fertile.
Season: late August – September.