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Berry Month

🗓️ July

🌐 Everywhere

Since the first berry plant grew fruit

The Berries Are Back In Town:

Berries are like nature’s sweet little surprises – they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and flavors, and always manage to make us smile. They’re not just your average fruits, but they’re packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and have been known to boost brainpower and improve heart health.
So it’s no wonder that July is officially Berry Month, and that means it’s time to celebrate these small but mighty fruits!
From juicy strawberries and raspberries to exotic goji and acai berries, there’s a berry for everyone to love.
And let’s be real, they’re just downright adorable! I mean, have you ever seen a strawberry and not wanted to give it a little hug?

The Fascinating World of Berries

Berries grow all over the world, from the sunny fields of California to the misty forests of Scandinavia.
Berries are small, juicy fruits with a sweet or tart flavor. So what makes berries so special? For starters, they are chock-full of nutrients that can benefit our health, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and antioxidants.
Berries have also been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Some are even considered superfoods, like the tiny but mighty goji berry, which is believed to boost immune function and fight cancer.
And let’s not forget about their versatility – you can eat berries raw, bake them into pies and tarts, blend them into smoothies, or even use them as natural food coloring!

Berries: More Than Meets the Eye!

Technically speaking, a berry is a fleshy fruit that develops from a single ovary and it contains seeds embedded in the fruit’s flesh.
Now you know that plants have ovaries and they sound a lot more complicated than human ovaries too!
We could explain this, but it would become a long winded essay and pretty boring. All you need to know now is that these weird details define what officially classifies as a berry. If you do want to know more, have fun using a search engine for a smorgasbord of botanic education.
Here are some fruits that meet the botanical definition of a berry:

  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Eggplants
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Zucchini
  • Coffee?!
  • Bananas!

Yes, you read that right – some vegetables, bananas and even coffee are actually berries!
Now go ahead and tell your friends the biggest berry is the pumpkin and serve coffee saying it’s berry-brew.
And let’s rearrange the produce section at the supermarket, because we’ve been sorting them wrong all this time!
Despite their technical differences, all of these fruits share one thing in common: they are delicious!

Fruits in a Berry-Costume

While most people are familiar with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, many fruits that people commonly refer to as berries are not actually berries because of the seeds in a different spot, you know, and that ovary stuff.
These include:

  • Strawberries: Not berries but an “aggregate fruit,” a fruit that develops from multiple ovaries of a single flower and have the seeds on the outside.
  • Blackberries and raspberries: Also not berries but an “aggregate of drupelets,” which means that they are clusters of “stone fruits”, fruits with a single “relatively” big seed in the center.

Berries: More than Just Fruit Salad Fixings 

There are many types of berries that are under-appreciated and deserve more attention, such as elderberries, huckleberries, and gooseberries. And what about lingonberries or persimmon?
Elderberries are packed with immune-boosting antioxidants, while huckleberries have a unique flavor that’s both tart and sweet. Gooseberries are a good source of vitamin C and fiber, and they come in a range of colors from green to red to purple.
These lesser-known berries have unique flavors and nutritional benefits, and are definitely worth trying.
So, next time you’re at the grocery store or the farmer’s market, consider picking up some of these under-appreciated berries and incorporating them into your diet.

The Mysterious Origins of Berry Month: A Sweet and Juicy Tale

The origins of Berry Month are shrouded in mystery, and no one knows exactly how or when it started.
Some say it was first celebrated by ancient civilizations who worshiped the sweet, juicy fruits as a gift from the gods.
Others believe that a secret society of berry farmers created this holiday as a way to boost their sales.
Despite the lack of concrete evidence, Berry Month has become a beloved tradition that takes place every July when the sun is high in the sky and the fields are ripe with delicious berries. Some speculate that this date was chosen because it marks the height of berry season, while others say that it’s simply because July is a great month for outdoor celebrations.
Regardless of its origin, Berry Month is a time to appreciate the bounty of nature and indulge in the sweet, tangy flavors of these delightful fruits.

Berry Bliss: How To Celebrate Berry Month

Celebrating Berry Month is a great way to embrace the summer season and enjoy the abundance of fresh and juicy berries.
Traditionally, people celebrate Berry Month by indulging in all kinds of berry-related activities, such as picking berries at local farms, baking berry pies and tarts, making berry jams and preserves, and enjoying berry-inspired cocktails and mocktails.
To participate in this event, you can try the following:

  • Bake a delicious berry pie, whip up a refreshing berry smoothie, or simply enjoy a bowl of fresh berries with cream.
  • Go berry picking with your friends and family at a place where you can legally harvest, like a food forest or a farm (ask first).
  • Host a berry-themed potluck or barbecue and ask your guests to bring their favorite berry dish.
  • Host a blind taste test with different types of berries and see which ones are the crowd favorites.
  • Use the hashtag #BerryMonth, #BerryLove, and #Berrylicious on social media to share your berry-related photos and recipes.

Just remember to have fun and savor the sweet taste of summer!

Berry Brave: Safety Tips For Berry Month

While berry-picking may not seem like the most dangerous activity, it’s always important to take precautions to stay safe and healthy.

  • Be careful when picking wild berries, as some can be poisonous or attract wildlife.
  • If you’re sharing your berries with the birds and the bees, make sure to keep them safe from any harmful pesticides or chemicals.
  • Wear sunscreen and insect repellent if you’re spending time outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Don’t eat berries that an animal or human might have peed on. Urine can transmit diseases. (Do a sniff test)
  • Make sure to wash your hands and berries thoroughly to avoid any potential foodborne illnesses.

In Conclusion

And so, my dear berry enthusiasts, we come to the end of our Berry Month adventure.
Berry Month is a time to appreciate the simple things in life, like the sweet taste of a perfectly ripe raspberry or the joy of spending a lazy summer day with loved ones.
So, whether you’re baking a pie, making a smoothie, or just popping them in your mouth, take some time this July to appreciate the sweetness of berries. And if anyone asks you why you’re celebrating this holiday, just tell them that Wild Calendar gave you permission to do so.
Happy Berry Month to all, and to all a berry good night!

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