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Bilberry, Grapes, Blueberry, and Banana: The Benefits These Fruits Provide

Updated on February 27, 2018
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The Bilberry, Brothers with the Blueberry and Significantly Important to Your Health

Family of the: Ericaceae
Common name: Bilberry
Scientific name: Vaccinium myrtillus
Where it grows: it grows in northern regions where it is cold i.e Canada, Finland, England, Russia.

Description

The bilberry, the least mentioned of berries is indeed a fine looking one. As a matter of fact this fruit looks much like its brothers, the blueberry and the cranberry. It is part of the cyanoccocus genus and it takes the form of a low bush. These berries are greatly known for the stains they leave on the consumers’ hands and mouth. In other words whoever eats the berry might not be able to hide the fact that they ate the it because of all the red spots on their fingers and teeth. The plant itself looks like a shrub coated with fruits and evergreen leaves.

The bilberry grows on cold and acid territories that lack nutrients. Despite the fact the territories are terrible to plant other things in the bilberries portray healthy and leafy forage and though the berries are not as big as blueberries they are indeed as good as them in taste.

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Properties and Uses

The bilberry has antioxidant properties and has been used to cure kidney stones.

With its anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties the bilberry works wonders on tonsils and it also helps the urinary tract. The bilberry may not be the most mentioned berry around but it is indeed an amazing berry.

Grapes: the Fruit of the Gods - Wine of the Gods?

Family of the: Vitaceae
Common name: Grapes/ Grape vines.
Scientific name: VItis… there are about sixty species of grape vines under the Vitis genus.
Where it grows: The plants grow worldwide.

Description

The grape vine is the main reason wine exists. The leaves of the grape vines are either heart shaped or three lobes shaped with a series of irregularly shaped jagged edges. The vines are woody and bear clusters of berries we know as grapes.

The grapes vary in color from crimson to yellow to black to blue to green. The grapes are the parts of the plant that are used. The plant tends to grow upwards rather than sideways. The grapes are bore in clusters that can have up to a hundred grapes.

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Properties and Uses

Grapes have healing properties and can heal a myriad of ailments like: constipation, fatigue after a workout and problems in your kidneys. The presence of vitamin A and C means benefits for our eyesight as well as the maintenance of our immune system. Grapes are also rich in minerals like potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. It mustn't go without mentioning that grapes are also great antioxidants and this doesn't count for the benefits of a good aged wine every once in a while.

The plant is not actually used in anyway. Its fruit however is used to make many different products. The grape may be eaten raw; it can also be used to make a variety of juices and jams. Apart from the juices and jams the grape is recognized to be the key ingredient in the making of a variety of alcoholic beverages, being the most recognized the wine. In ancient Greece the Vitis Vinifera was used to help people with tuberculosis, cholera, cancer and nausea.

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The Blueberry for Health Problems Descriptions and Uses

Family of the: Ericaceae
Common name: Blueberry
Scientific name: Vaccinium corymbosum
Where the blueberry plant grows: British Colombia, Maryland, western Oregon, Michigan, New Jersey and North Carolina.

Description

The blueberry is a fruit bearing plant that bears berries and is part of the cyanoccocus. Other types of berries that are part of the cyanoccocus genus are bilberries and cranberries. The plant is an angiosperm and the fruit's color will range from green to red to blue depending on the ripeness of the berry.

The flower of the blueberry resembles the shape of a bell and has a variety of delicate tones in color. The plant does not grow more than 60 cm in height and in farms the plant can be cultivated even shorter, farmers dub it the low bush blueberry. The blueberry plant is supposed to be harvested in between May and the end of the summer.

Properties and Uses

The blueberry has antioxidant properties that can provide the nervous system and the brain benefits such as memory improvement. There are also blood sugar benefits as well as cardiovascular benefits derived from the blueberries healing properties.

Blueberries are used to make products like jam pie jelly cereal and muffins which are really products used for breakfast. It has essential nutrients to the body like: like vitamin C and antioxidants. Apart from those essentials it helps us have healthy colons and reduces the chances of having an infected bladder.

Totally Organic from my Garden
Totally Organic from my Garden

Banana: a Very Close Relative of Berries

Family of the: Musaceae
Common name: Banana
Scientific name: Musa. There are multiple cultivars of the banana some ranging in size color and sweetness. There are 70 species of the Musa recognized by a world checklist.
Where it grows: Bananas and plantains (which are part of the same family and genus) are grown in the tropical areas. This includes the following countries: the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, the west coast of Brazil and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in Nigeria and Ghana.

Description

This fruit grows on a tree that can grow up to fifteen meters in height but grows an average between six and nine meters in other cultivars. The Banana is technically a berry and its tree, is technically an herb. The banana meets the definition of a berry and that is having its seeds within the fleshy part of the fruit and they have to have a soft flesh.

The plant has a thick stem that has a large diameter. Its leaves are long and wide and can grow up to four meters in length. The leaves are oval shaped and are used to cover sheds when and cots as part of the roof thatch. The fruit ripens on the tree in bunches and can be ripened in your home once they are full.

From my Garden
From my Garden

Top 10 Health Benefits of Bananas

Properties and Uses

Bananas have laxative properties as well as astringent properties depending on the ripeness of the fruit and the manner they are eaten in. Ripe yellow bananas tend to entice bowel movement while green bananas and plantains tend to reduce that tendency and produce quite the contraire effect.

Bananas are rich in potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and sodium as well as vitamin B1, B2, C and E. Bananas are also a rich source of fiber and carbohydrates. Bananas have been proven to relieve depression despite it being in a subtle manner.

Bananas have a mostly culinary use. The leaves are used often in the Dominican cuisine to accelerate the cooking process of rice and meat as well as the preparation of certain dishes. As mentioned before bananas share the genus with plantains and these can both be eaten in a certain manner.

In some countries green bananas are boiled and eaten with fried eggs and this is true for the plantain as well which is considered a starchier less sweet version of the berry. Some bananas are eaten ripe and raw while others are not and sometimes people love indulging in those ice-cream sundaes and banana smoothies as the banana's sweet factor makes an attractive ingredient for desserts and refreshing juices.

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      Milady González 2 years ago

      Balance is the secret and I think you got that. Happy to hear you have tried it.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Interesting hub. We take bilberry supplements now and then. Not sure what it's doing for us but don't want to get too much of a good thing either.

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