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All About Berries

Berries are small fleshy fruits. Most are edible and have one or many seeds. Often very sweet, these small fruits are generally prepared as snacks, desserts, pastries and candies. More and more, they are making their way into appetizers and main courses, too.

Small wild berries have existed since prehistory and have been cultivated for at least 6,000 years. Now, thanks to the sophistication of transportation methods and greenhouse production, a variety of small fruits is widely available year-round.

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Tips and advice

  • When buying berries in clusters or in bulk, discard any mouldy fruit to avoid further propagation.
  • Berries can be eaten plain, cooked, dried, jellied, in marmalade, and even stirred or blended into alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.

Expert tip

Berries should only be washed just before eating or use to prevent early deterioration

Nutritional value

In general, berries are low in calories, low in fat, and rich in vitamin C, potassium and magnesium.


Berries are very fragile and need to be quickly chilled if they will be stored for a few days. They should not be left at room temperature or exposed to sunlight. Berries usually taste their best when eaten fresh, but they can be frozen if you have too many to eat right away.

To learn more or get inspired by recipes using berries, check out our stories on blueberries, strawberries and more!