Superfood: Goldenberries

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These perfectly sweet and tart berries are a super awesome superfood providing a nutritional punch to any diet. Goldenberries are very high in protein, approximately 16% by some accounts. This is extremely high for any one plant source of protein. Protein is essential to the healthy growth, development an repair of body tissue.  The berries are also high in Phosphorous, a vital mineral necessary for the growth and strengthening of bones and teeth. These little guys also provide a hefty dose of Vitamins A, C, B vitamins and Bioflavonoids. VItamin A is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals (those are bad) in the body. Vitamin C is another potent antioxidant and has the ability to bind toxic substances and certain heavy metals to render them harmless while setting them up for easy elimination from the body. B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12) help to reduce symptoms of stress, improve energy, reduce fatigue, improve memory, rev up metabolism, decrease symptoms of PMS and reduce the risk of heart disease. The B's have even been shown to help the body burn fat and glucose off first from your energy stores (read: help you lose weight faster). Bioflavonoids are a special in that they have innate antiviral, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Lastly but not least important, the tiny seeds provide lots of great fiber. Traditionally, goldberries have been most commonly used to treat the following ailments; Asthma, Edema (swelling), Optic Nerve Disorders, Stomach Upset, Intestinal Parasites and varying sorts of Skin Disorders. 

The Goldenberry is most often sold raw and dried and can be eaten or used like any other dried berry. Its unique sweet and tart flavor combo lends itself well to use in trail mixes, pies, tarts, jams and jellies. You can also try adding a few to your favorite grain, salads, or simply on its own. Enjoy!