Eat Fingers! Go Bananas!

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What do you think of when you hear the word berries? Do you think of fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries?  Those are common but do bananas come to mind?

Botanically, a berry has three main parts:  

  1. Outer skin layer called the exocarp.

  2. Middle flesh layer called the mesocarp

  3. Inner seed layer – called the endocarp.  

To be classified as a berry the fruit must develop from one flower that has one ovary.

Strawberries develop from one flower, but they have more than one ovary.  Watermelon meets the criteria for berry and vegetable. Bananas are also composed of all three layers and develop from one flower that has one ovary.  

So let's get this straight.  A strawberry is NOT a berry.  A banana IS a berry. Watermelon IS BOTH berry and vegetable!  

Fruit, vegetable or berry, these low-calorie, fiber-rich, incredibly sweet, bright colored items are packed full of minerals and vitamins.  Known to improve heart function, vision, reduce hypertension and boost immunity, these are worth putting on the grocery list.

STRAWBERRIES contain high levels of pesticides even after washing. By purchasing organic fruits, you will know you are not swallowing a mouthful of pesticides.

Homemade strawberry jam is a quick and healthy alternative to conventional jam that is full of refined sugar, gelatin, and pectin.    You only need four ingredients! Strawberries for flavor, chia seeds to thicken, honey to sweeten and a squeeze of lemon to tie it all together!  

STRAWBERRY CHIA JAM

2 cups strawberries

½ lemon (juice only)

2 – 3 tbsp honey

1 1/2  tbsp chia seeds

In a blender combine the strawberries, lemon, and honey.   Blend until smooth. Pour into a saucepan and bring to a boil and add the chia seeds.  Spoon hot jam into a mason jar and cool completely for jam to reach the correct consistency.  

ENJOY on toast or even in a scoop of greek yogurt!

WATERMELON is refreshing at 92% water.   All ages can enjoy this quick slush to hydrate and feel restored on a hot summer day.

WATERMELON SLUSH

4 cups watermelon

1 lime (juice)

honey to taste

2 tbsp grenadine syrup

2 cups crushed ice

Place first 3 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Add ice just before serving and crush to desired thickness.

BANANAS have strange descriptions.   A bunch of bananas is called a hand, and each banana is called a finger.  Bananas are versatile and are great in shakes, smoothies, pancakes, cakes, snacks, etc.  Slice banana pieces into your s'mores on the next camping trip for an updated taste to a classic favorite.   You will be pleasantly surprised!

Whatever your choice of fruit is this summer, eat and enjoy.   Maybe I should say, eat fingers and "go bananas" for health!


SANDRA GRAHAM

 

Sandra Graham is a photographer, author, chef, and entrepreneur.  The focus in all aspects of her career is LIGHT. Her international best-seller, "Light Changes Everything - The Most Powerful Tool to a Photographer and for a Radiant Life," was written to encourage others that no matter what difficulties or loss they are facing, Light is the answer for a Radiant Life.  As an award-winning photographer, every image showcases light. Visit http://www.sandragrahamphotography.com for a visual journey of our beautiful world.