Thursday, May 13, 2010

Blackberry feast~

Well, the blackberries are ripening, and our classes today got to enjoy some freshly picked berries with vanilla bean ice cream as an "end-of-the-year" treat!

Blackberry facts:
~ They are very high in Vitamin C and fiber
~ They are very high in ellagic acid which is an antioxidant that acts as a scavenger to help make potential cancer-causing chemicals inactive. Ellagic Acid reduces the genetic damage caused by carcinogens like tobacco smoke and air pollution. They also contain other antioxidants that help lower cholesterol and ward off cardiovascular disease.
~ Blackberries are effective in the treatment of stomach problems, such as nausea.
~ Blackberries are one of the few fruits that contain heart-protective Vitamin E. Berries also strengthen blood vessels , protecting eyesight and reducing heart disease and risk!
~ Blackberries are fat free!
~ Blackberries contain the highest levels of phytoestrogens, which have a possible roll in prevention of breast & cervical cancer.
~ Some of the antioxidants in berries help fight the aging process! Blackberries are high in anthocyanins, which give them their color. These specific antioxidants help fight off the process of aging by fighting off the diseases associated with old age. Think about a metal saw rusting due to oxidation, the body deteriorates due to the effects of oxidation.

Today we also had a lesson in composting. Our ice cream cups were made of a biodegradable corn substance. Our wooden spoons and thin paper napkins also went into the compost bins...nothing went into the trash!

Have a fantastic summer and come see our booth at the
Marksville Farmers' Market every Saturday in June!!!