Superfood – A mega trend growing in Finnish backyards

Along with wellness, superfoods have been a global mega trend for some time now. But what if you had some of the most nutritious superfoods naturally growing right in your backyard, ready to be collected and enjoyed? Us Finns are lucky enough to have just that.

Blueberries (also known as bilberries, Vaccinium myrtillus) and lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) are some of the most common berries found in vast quantities in Finnish forests. They’re ready to eat superfood containing high amounts of nutrients that are incredibly good for you.

For instance, blueberries have one of the highest levels of antioxidants amongst the most common fruit in the world. Antioxidants are known to fight free radicals that cause damage in cells, speed up aging and may even cause cancer. Among other health benefits antioxidants also help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Meanwhile lingonberries have a special power of keeping urinary tract infections at bay when they’re not busy fighting high blood pressure. Just like blueberries, lingonberries are packed with antioxidants, too.

Forest berries aren’t of course any recent invention. They have been a solid part of Finnish diet for ages. While everybody has been talking about the advantages of the Mediterranean diet, how about adding some Nordic berries in the mix?