Season: June to August
Description: Boysenberries have a red-purple color and are a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry. They provide vitamin A and C, which are antioxidants that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin A helps maintain eye health. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Boysenberries also provides potassium, fiber and folate. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure, and fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular. Folate may reduce your risk of heart disease. Eating foods with folate before pregnancy helps lower the risk of delivering a baby with neural tube defects.
Selection: Select boysenberries that are shiny, plump, and firm. Avoid selecting those that are bruised or leaking juice.
Storing: Pick out any molded or deformed berries from the mix. Refrigerate for up to 1 week. Wash before serving.