July is National Berries Month.
Caitlin Mellendorf, U of I Extension Nutrition Expert, says along with berries month July is also blueberry month with blueberries in season in Illinois. Mellendorf notes berries make a great snack because they are high in fiber.
Mellendorf indicates berries are also high in antioxidants. She says antioxidants help to lower levels of oxidated stress which in the long run can help lower risks of chronic diseases.
Mellendorf advocates the public purchase berries from local farms and at farmers markets while they are in season. She states this helps the local economy and builds relationships between farm and table.
Mellendorf says there are many preservation options for berries with the easiest being freezing. She says you could also make jams or jellies, or freeze them as a baked good.
When serving berries to young children, Mellendorf indicates you should cut them into smaller pieces to prevent choking.