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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Frozen Berries

Berries may be small, but they pack a lot of nutrition into one little package. A cup of blueberries provides 14% of your daily fiber intake, plus a dose of heart-healthy antioxidants. Raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are all an excellent source of vitamin C. With a cup of berries clocking in at less than 100 calories, they’re good for your waistline too. And did I mention they taste fantastic? Fresh berries eaten right after picking are going to give the highest amount of nutrients. Unfortunately, most of us today are not easily able to find or grow fresh-picked berries. In this case, the next best choice is frozen. While frozen foods often get a bad rap for being highly processed and low in nutritional value, the truth is you can find some of the healthiest foods in the freezer section (berries included). Here are five things you may not have known about frozen berries.

  1. There is no nutritional difference between fresh and frozen berries. The FDA declared this back in 1998, and multiple studies have shown the same thing: freshly picked and frozen berries all contain similar amounts of nutrients. Berries are frozen within hours of being picked using fast-freezing technology which preserves much of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The low temperatures help ensure that enzymatic activity doesn’t destroy even the most sensitive of nutrients, such as vitamin C.
  1. In fact, frozen berries may be more nutritious than fresh. The minute a berry is picked, it begins to lose nutrients, so how long after harvesting you eat it impacts its nutritional value. Most berries in our supermarkets have been transported a long distance over a lengthy period, and may contain less than 50% of the original nutrient content. On the other hand, berries frozen right after harvest preserve almost of their vitamins and antioxidants and last up to one or two years.
  1. Frozen berries tend to be cheaper than fresh. Unless you live in a temperate climate with a year-round growing season, fresh berry prices climb once you get outside their harvesting season. Frozen berries are a cheaper alternative available year round. Plus, since the freezing process keeps berries fresh for months on end, you won’t be wasting money on fresh produce going bad in your fridge.
  1. They are a quick and easy shortcut. I frequent my local farmers markets, and am a big fan of fresh, in-season berries, but I often get home and wish for something that didn’t require any prep time. Enter frozen berries. They don’t need washing or chopping, making them a simple addition to your meal (no cleanup required!). Add them directly to smoothies, muffin batter, and yogurt parfaits, or warm them up and stir into oatmeal or spread onto peanut butter toast as a simple jam.
  1. They’re additive-free. Since freezing preserves food, no additives are needed to keep frozen berries safe and fresh. It’s incredibly easy to find frozen berries with just a single word ingredient list – just the pure, nutrient-rich berry itself.

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13 thoughts on “Five Things You Didn’t Know About Frozen Berries”

  1. coco says:

    hey Luvo,, thanks for the frozen blueberry tip,, I live in Hawai’i so fresh blues are very expensive and there is always a few rotting berries due to the timeframe. I tend to find the frozen ‘organic’ blues after thawing actually taste better than ‘old’ fresh. Yet any berry picked off the vine/ bush and eaten then is the super best. It has made me ponder moving to an area berries grow,, I could live on water and berries !! aloha coco

  2. Thanks for the comment Coco! I agree that frozen blueberries often taste a lot better than fresh ones that have been lying around for awhile. While you may not have blueberry bushes, you certainly have a lot of other fresh fruit that those of us in the cold Northeast are very jealous of 🙂

  3. Gene A. Dees says:

    I have LOVED frozen blue berries for decades … however … I no longer live on the east coast. I live in New Mexico and I have difficulty getting frozen Blue Berries. Major BUMMER !

    When Ib can find them, I eat them by filling a bowl with hard-frozen blue-berries. Then I pour on Milk. That’s how I like them ! Meanwhile … I continue to hunt for a source for my blue-berries !

    1. A Round says:

      CostCo!

  4. mark patterson says:

    I first started eating frozen blueberries at work,we’d put up hundreds of frozen berries which later thawed,for customers. MAN,the flavor of blueberries in particular is phenomenal,compared to room temperature,or ”cold’ berries,try it,you’ll love it,especially when the berries are about half frozen,like a wonderfull slush,or ”smoothie”

  5. I find that frozen blueberries are without taste. However, strawberries are really tasty.

  6. I buy my blueberries at the supermarket during season an put them in a very large container in my freezer that way i have bluenerries year round love putting the forzen ones in my cereal with the milk causes the milk to become a little slushy mmmm so good and trhe taste is there freom the berries for sure;.

  7. Alicia says:

    I add a good handful of frozen berries to my single serving packet with a half cup water, plain oatmeal with a squirt of sugar-free syrup and cinnamon for diabetes pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes stir and add a splash of milk and it’s like having dessert

  8. Ann Beckman says:

    A lot of great benefits but one warning – be careful to thaw properly. Got violently ill once soon after eating frozen blueberries thawed in the refrigerator. Not sure how it happened but it did.

  9. sid G. says:

    i freeze bananas, berries,(blk., blu.,raspberries..) when they’re in abundance. All portioned & in zip locks. Can be desert, or breakfast by mixing’em in cup w/6 oz yoplait…delicious & healthy!

  10. I thaw some blueberries for a few seconds in hot water, then throw them in a bowl with vanilla yogurt—oh YUM!! A taste of summer in the dead of winter. Always enjoyable!

  11. Heather MacKenie says:

    My dessert is usually getting out my tub of frozen blueberries and munching on them…That is my treat…

  12. Henry says:

    Try frozen grapes. They are delicious! I rinse them off to remove any excess frozen ice from freezing them. They seem to be even sweeter than fresh ones. Eat them before they completely thaw from a cup or bowl. I like the seedless red ones. Yummm!

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