Carol's "Secret" Mixed Berry Pie February 07 2017, 0 Comments
There’s a “secret” ingredient in this berry pie. It’s BerriHealth’s Black Raspberry Extract. Carol added 2 teaspoons of extract to her usual mixed berry pie recipe. It was like adding about 80 black raspberries to her pie! The flavor was naturally sweet, rich and oh so luscious. Try adding a couple of teaspoons to your next berry pie recipe or check out Carol's recipe below:
Carol's "Secret" Mixed Berry Pie
- Double crust for a 9 inch pie
- About 5 cups of Frozen Mixed Berries
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup Minute Tapioca (more or less depending on juiciness of the berries)
- ½ tsp of Almond Extract
- Juice from one fresh lemon
- “Secret” Ingredient - 2 tsps or 12 droppers of BerriHealth’s Black Raspberry Extract (You can always add more extract for even more flavor!)
- 2 Tbs of Butter
- Milk or cream to brush on lattice-top crust
- Sugar to sprinkle on top crust
Preheat your oven to 450℉ and put the rack in the lowest position. Roll out and ease the pie dough into your 9 inch pie plate. Put in refrigerator while you make the filling.
Mix the berries, sugar, Minute Tapioca, almond extract and lemon juice in a large bowl. Drizzle BerriHealth’s Black Raspberry Extract over the berries and gently mix together. Leave the berry mixture on your countertop for about 30 minutes or until they release some juice. Pour the berry mixture into your prepared pie plate. Dot the top of the filling with 2 tablespoons of butter.
Now, roll out the dough for the lattice-top crust. Weave the strips, trim and seal the edges. Brush the lattice-top with cream and sprinkle with sugar.
Put the pie in a 450℉ oven on the lowest rack for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn down the oven to 375℉. If the bottom of the pie is brown, move the pie up to the middle rack, otherwise keep the pie on the bottom rack until nicely browned. Bake the pie for another 30 - 40 minutes or until the filling start to bubble throughout (including the middle) the pie. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.
If you can, wait for the pie to cool for a couple of hours. Then enjoy!
Black Raspberry and Purple Kale Smoothie - An Anthocyanin Rich Treat November 01 2016, 0 Comments
Anthocyanins provide the beautiful array of colors we see in autumn leaves, and certain types also happen to be the powerful antioxidants that researchers believe may keep our cells working like they should. As you can see below, black raspberries are full of these amazing molecules:
Black Raspberry and Purple Kale Smoothie
We love to find creative ways to add vegetables to smoothies. In this case, purple kale not only adds healthy fiber to a tasty snack, but it also contains anthocyanins which gives the leafy veggie it's signature dark-purple look. Try it out!
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 teaspoons BerriHealth's Black Raspberry Powder or 1 tsp Black Raspberry Extract
- 2 dates
- a handful or so of purple kale with stems removed
- 1 banana fresh or frozen in slices or chunks
- 5 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup orange juice (a total of 1 cup of orange juice)
- Place the ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
- Start on low speed and increase to high until your drink is smooth and delicious.
This recipe is easy to change to fit your tastes. A little more kale, a different juice or try some almond milk instead. Let your imagination guide you and enjoy your creation!
Black Raspberry Popsicles - A Labor Day Weekend Treat! August 28 2016, 0 Comments
We have had a hot summer out here in Oregon, and we constantly find ourselves looking for healthy, tasty treats to stay cool. These frosty black raspberry pops play that role perfectly, and are simple to make, too. Just add 1 or 2 teaspoons of Freeze-dried Black Raspberry Powder or Black Raspberry Extract to your favorite popsicle recipe and voila, you've packed each pop with a nutritious and delicious flavor boost!
Black Raspberry Bran Muffins August 28 2016, 0 Comments
There is something about a basket of warm muffins that just feels welcoming and comfortable. Add some butter, jam and cups of coffee or tea and you're all set to say good morning to house guests. Or wrap a muffin in a napkin and gobble it in the car on your way to work. Quick or relaxed, a muffin is always a handful of love. Now, if you can make that muffin full of healthy goodness, all the better.
We made moist bran muffins from an America's Test Kitchen recipe, but instead of raisins, we added BerriHealth's Whole/Pieces Freeze-dried Black Raspberries. The result was a yummy, "molassesy," bundle of goodness, loaded with fiber from the whole wheat flour, bran cereal and of course, black raspberries.
The recipe calls for 1 cup of raisins that we substituted with about 2 cups of our freeze-dried whole black raspberries plus 2/3 cup of water. We added the water to the wet ingredients and added the black raspberries at the same time as the bran cereal. This made about 15 muffins. The end result was a muffin with an attitude of, "I'm not some wimpy muffin. I've got tons of fiber and I taste delicious, too!"
Try substituting our Whole/Pieces Freeze-dried Black Raspberries into your favorite recipe that calls for dried fruit. They are full of all the powerful nutrients that the black raspberry is known for and they have the added benefit of lots of fiber and great flavor!
6 Reasons to Choose BerriHealth's Black Raspberry Powder Instead of Capsules February 19 2016, 0 Comments
Our team at Berrihealth is all about growing the best black raspberries so we can create amazing, authentic products with them. One product we've never made are black raspberry capsules, which are filled with small amounts of black raspberry powder and sold in a variety of health food stores and online. We've outlined plenty of economic and scientific reasons why not on a previous post, but we were curious just what people were getting inside these black raspberry capsules. We decided to crack open black raspberry capsules from three leading companies and take a look at the powder. Quite frankly, the results shocked us:
To have an effective black raspberry powder, you've got to start with a great black raspberry. Here at Berrihealth we have an exceptional partner in Sturm's Berry Farm, a family-run farm that has been harvesting black raspberries for over 70 years! Each summer, we take these carefully cultivated whole berries, including the seeds, pulp, fiber and skin, to create our premium black raspberry powder.
So how do you know if you are getting the good stuff? Well, a good black raspberry powder should look, smell, and taste like a black raspberry!
Reason Number 1: The color is important. As you can see above, there is a ton of variation in color between what is inside these 3 capsules and our authentic black raspberry powder. Black raspberries are full of dark-colored pigments called anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants and are one of the key healthy compounds found in the berry. The dark burgundy color typically associated with those anthocyanins is clearly missing in the capsules we looked at.
Reason Number 2: the whole berry matters. If you want all the benefits of black raspberries, you need to have the whole berry, including the seeds and fiber! The easiest way to find this out is to see how well a company knows what is going into their products. Ask them where they get their berries, and if they use whole berries to produce their powders. Another easy clue is by reading the back label of the package and checking the fiber content on the facts chart.
Reason Number 3: it should actually taste like a black raspberry! Authentic black raspberries should have an intense, rich fruity flavor with just a little tartness. The powder we tasted from capsules 1 through 3 ranged from bland to downright unpalatable and chalk-like. Taste is a great way to test the quality of the black raspberry powder you are taking, and even help judge if it is actually made from authentic black raspberries.
So a lot of these capsules aren't very good, but why aren't we making capsules?
The bottom line is, we don't think that capsules are what is best for our customers, so we don't make them. Our complete stance on black raspberries can be found in another blog post that outlines reasons 4, 5, and 6: Debunking 3 Black Raspberry Capsule Myths.
Essentially, the average capsule contains the equivalent of only 1 1/2 berries, meaning you would need to take over 13 capsules to equal 4 grams of our powder. That's a lot of capsules. Plus the cost of the capsules can end up being over 3 times that of our black raspberry powder! Lastly, taking the powder in an encapsulated form greatly diminishes the effectiveness of the berry, because it does not have direct contact with the areas in the upper GI region of your body.
We hope this has given you six good reasons to really think about how you are taking your black raspberry powder, and where you are getting it from! Just like when you buy fruit at a farmer's market, quality and authenticity matter.
Learn More About the Family Behind Sturm's Berry Farm January 19 2016, 0 Comments
Don and Rosie Sturm, along with their family pictured to the left (Picture from Country Folks Grower), have run Sturm’s Berry Farm out in Corbett, Oregon for decades. Their family farm has been passed down from generation to generation since the 1940s, and they have been growing black raspberries for just about as long. These days, their son and daughter help keep things running too, and while their grandchildren are still a little too young to be doing much work around the farm, they are always a joy to have around.
Sturm's Berry Farm was one of the key ingredients to the founding of Berrihealth back in 2009. The time and care they put into growing black raspberries gave us the opportunity to create pure black raspberry powders to use in clinical trials when berries from other sources did not meet their quality standards. The special berries on this farm, along with our strict quality control and testing methods, have helped BerriHealth become the leading supplier of black raspberries for research.
We couldn't be more thankful to have them as a part of our company, and want to share this amazing article from Country Folks Grower, "Black Raspberries are good medicine at Sturm's Berry Farm." It gives a nice look at both the family and the farm.
5 Great Gift Ideas for this Holiday Season! December 09 2015, 0 Comments
Are you looking for some unique AND healthy gift ideas? Check these out…..
- A smoothie kit! Many of us own some form of blender, but a lot of times they will sit unused because we get tired of the same old smoothies! Of course our black raspberry powder would be a great addition, but also get creative with spices like ginger or cinnamon. They can add a nice kick to any smoothie and are healthy too.
- A smoothie recipe book and a bag of one of our freeze-dried powders is another great way to help someone you love kick off the new year. Tie a ribbon around them and you are giving a gift that is sure to inspire some delicious smoothies!
- If you are looking to give something warm and decadent this winter, wrap up a mug, your favorite hot chocolate mix, some marshmallows and a bottle of our Black Raspberry Extract. Tuck in a card with our recipe for Black Raspberry Hot Chocolate and you’ve got a unique gift that is sure to warm anyone’s heart.
- BerriHealth’s Black Raspberry Extract is so delicious and easy to add to drinks, that you can pair it with lots of drinking vessels. Everything from a teacup to a set of ice tea glasses or wine glasses (here are our Black Raspberry Ice Tea and Black Raspberry Cocktail recipes).
- Lastly for a perfect stocking stuffer, tie a beautiful bow around a Black Raspberry extract bottle or pop it into a festive gift pouch and you truly have a special gift that is both delicious AND healthy!
What a Quote about Black Raspberries! December 03 2015, 0 Comments
When there are so many studies being done on black raspberries each year, sometimes we find great research that we didn't bring enough attention to when it first came out. This study on the Antioxidant Capacity and Phenolic Phytochemicals in Black Raspberries gives a great overview of some of the reasons why black raspberries are a uniquely healthy berry!
Check out this quote:
“Black raspberries are an excellent source of antioxidants in the human diet. With 10 or more times the antioxidant capacity than many other fruits and vegetables, even a small quantity of black raspberries added to the diet can significantly increase total antioxidant consumption. As few as four average sized berries (2.5 g each) has a greater antioxidant capacity than 100g (3.5 oz.) of many fruits and vegetables. With this level of antioxidant power, black raspberries can be an affordable, low-calorie source of antioxidant in anyone’s diet.”
Quoted from: Heidemarie Gansch1, Courtney A.Weber2 and Chang Y. Lee1
1Department of Food Science & Technology,
2Department of Horticultural Sciences, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, Geneva, NY
Many studies have shown an association between diets high in fruits and vegetables and a lower incidence of some degenerative diseases. Plants high in antioxidants, like anthocyanins, are believed to help protect our bodies by neutralizing unstable oxygen molecules, which can damage our cells. Anthocyanins are the deep blue, purple and red color pigments in plants. Berries, especially raspberries, are great sources for anthocyanins. In this study from Cornell, they found that the black raspberry is loaded, really loaded, with anthocyanins compared to most other fruits and vegetables.
Take a look at this chart from the study:
While black raspberries are so much more than just high in antioxidants, they are a great way to get some extra healthy nutrition in your daily diet, and our powders and extracts make it even easier to get powerful black raspberries year-round.
A Fast, Delicious and Nutritious Protein Shake February 03 2015, 0 Comments
Black Raspberry Chocolate Protein Shake
Fast, delicious and nutritious! The black raspberry chocolate protein shake is sure to become your go-to drink in the morning. Two scoops of chocolate protein powder, 3 teaspoons of black raspberry powder and about a cup of your favorite milk. A quick whirl with an immersion blender and you're done!
Want to take it to the next level? Add a half of a frozen banana, ½ cup of frozen berries, ½ cup of Greek yogurt and a teaspoon of chia seeds. Mix it in a blender and you’re ready to head out the door to work or a work out.
The great thing about our black raspberry powder is all the prep work has been done for you. It’s recipe ready any time. No freezer or refrigeration is needed. Plus, because it is in powder form, your body can absorb so much more of all those great antioxidants and nutrients!
A Very Special Hot Fudge Sauce February 02 2015, 0 Comments
Black Raspberry Hot Fudge Sauce
Silky hot fudge cascading over scoops of creamy ice cream. Tuck a chewy brownie or a thick slice of chocolate cake underneath and it's hard to beat that for a dessert! But if you want to surprise your family and friends with a rich, sweet layer of flavor, try adding our Black Raspberry Extract to your next hot fudge sauce.
Since many people have not had black raspberry, you get to treat them to a unique experience that is absolutely delicious. And as an added bonus, you make a healthier version of hot fudge because black raspberry extract is loaded with nutritious antioxidants and anthocyanins. You serve an indulgent dessert minus the twinges of guilt.
Black Raspberry Hot Fudge Sauce is easy to make. Use your favorite hot fudge recipe and when you’re all done making it, just stir in the black raspberry extract to the warm sauce. How much you add is up to you. For a subtle hint of special sweetness, blend in just a couple of teaspoons. For a complex fruity burst of flavor, add ⅛ - ¼ cup of extract to about 2 cups of sauce. The fun part will be you get to do a lot of taste testing!
Pour this sauce in a jar, tie a bow around it and you have a unique and luscious gift to take to neighbors over the holidays or to your friend's house paired with a container of gourmet ice cream. And for the chocolate lover in your life, you can always give your special someone a jar of this very special hot fudge sauce on Valentine's Day!
A Winter Classic With a Twist December 16 2014, 0 Comments
Sometimes a mug of hot chocolate is just the thing to warm everyone up on a cold winter day. There aren't many better ways to cut through the chill than clutching a steaming mug close, and watching floating marshmallows slowly melt into the rich creamy chocolate. Yes, we love hot chocolate! We have always been creative with hot chocolate, mixing in anything from peppermint sticks to chili powder. Over the last few years, one of our favorites has been adding some Black Raspberry Extract to our drink which makes it taste like a gourmet indulgence. It's also a healthy addition, which we can't say about a lot of our tasty treats during the holiday season!
To make Black Raspberry Hot Chocolate, you can simply add a teaspoonful of extract to your favorite packaged mix. Or, if you feel more ambitious, here's a hot chocolate recipe that can easily be whipped up on a chilly afternoon:
Black Raspberry Hot Chocolate
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp white granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup of your milk of choice, half and half or cream
- 1/2 - 1 tsp of BerriHealth's Black Raspberry Extract
Backpacking to Broken Top Mountain September 04 2014, 0 Comments
We spent our Labor Day Weekend taking a quick backpacking trip to Broken Top mountain here in Oregon. You can see that our friend's golden retriever, Cooper, was the only one daring enough to take an icy dunk in the glacial waters we were hiking by.
Everything we packed had to be light and compact, since we had to carry it all ourselves! A pack of black raspberry powder was an easy choice to bring along, giving us a healthy and delicious addition to our morning oatmeal.
Black Raspberry Iced Tea July 24 2014, 0 Comments
Black Raspberry Iced Tea
- Your favorite tea
- 1 teaspoon of Black Raspberry Powder, BerriSpectrum, BerriFibre, or any of our delicious berry powders!
- Lemon wedge
- Honey or your sweetener of choice, if you like your iced tea sweeter
Brew your favorite tea and let it cool down. It’s best to add our Black Raspberry Powder to cooler liquids to maintain all the nutritional compounds. In a large glass, make a slurry with the Black Raspberry Powder: Put 1 teaspoon of Black Raspberry Powder in your glass and add a couple of teaspoons of water. Whisk together the powder and water until you have a smooth paste or slurry. Now, slowly add your cooled tea and honey, then stir briskly. Fill up your glass with ice and finish with a squeeze of lemon to complete your tasty and healthy iced tea. Grab some oat cake cookies and the scene is set for a relaxing break!
Berry Lemonade Delight July 24 2014, 0 Comments
Berry Lemonade Delight
- 1 teaspoon BerriFibre, Black Raspberry Powder or any of our great berry powders!
- Your favorite lemonade
- Lemon slices
In a large glass, make a slurry with one of our delicious berry powders: Put 1 teaspoon of powder in your glass and add a couple of teaspoons of water. Whisk together the powder and water until you have a smooth paste or slurry. Slowly pour in your lemonade and stir briskly. Add plenty of ice and a slice of fresh lemon. Put your feet up and enjoy a delightful BerriLemonade!
Protein Shake With A Black Raspberry Boost July 24 2014, 0 Comments
An Easy, Blender-free Way to add a Blast of Berries to Your Protein Shake.
- One serving of your favorite protein powder with milk or water.
- 2 teaspoons Black Raspberry Powder
Add both the protein powder and the black raspberry powder to a bottle with a tight lid (for shaking!) and give the bottle a few small shakes with the lid on before adding any liquid. This will help minimize clumping. Then add in either milk or water, but use 4oz more water than normal to account for the addition of the black raspberries. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds, or until the powder has been completely mixed into the liquid, then enjoy!
Black Raspberry Applesauce Spread July 24 2014, 1 Comment
A Twist on a Classic Side
Applesauce is one of those underrated additions to so many different meals. We love to throw some in with our oatmeal, or serve it with a great pork tenderloin for the perfect combination of sweet and savory. If you are crazy for crunchy granola, applesauce is a delicious way to add some extra pow to a granola and yogurt breakfast. When you add in some black raspberry powder, you get a beautiful purple applesauce with berry flavors blended in with the apples and cinnamon.
- 1 - 2 teaspoons of Black Raspberry Powder, BerriSpectrum or any of our berry powders!
- Honey, or your favorite sweetener, if you like
Simply stir a few tablespoons of applesauce into 1 - 2 teaspoons of Black Raspberry Powder. For an extra kick of sweetness, mix in some honey too. Spoon the Black Raspberry Applesauce Spread on top of your favorite yogurt with some granola for a healthy crunch.
Refreshing Black Raspberry OJ Spritzer July 24 2014, 0 Comments
Beating the Summer Heat
As we slowly march into the middle of summer, we seem to stumble across those inescapably hot and humid days with more frequency. Sometimes it is nice to whip up a quick, refreshing drink that tastes good but has more than just sugar in it. We experimented with a lot of cool combinations, but one of our favorites was this simple orange juice spritzer. It's easy to make, only has a few ingredients, and we've already put it to use on a few hot days in the last couple of weeks.
- ½ - 1 teaspoon Black Raspberry Extract
- ½ cup of orange juice
- Club soda
- Fresh orange slice
Pour about ½ cup or more of orange juice into a large glass. Stir in ½ - 1 teaspoon of Black Raspberry extract and club soda. Add plenty of ice, a slice of fresh orange and sip on a frosty spritzer with healthy black raspberry nutrients.
Black Raspberry Cocktail July 24 2014, 0 Comments
Black Raspberry Cocktail
- ½ - 1 teaspoon Black Raspberry Extract
- Your favorite Sangria or Wine Spritzer
- Ice Cubes
- Fresh fruit slices to compliment your drink
Pour your favorite Sangria or Wine Spritzer into a large wine glass. Stir in ½ - 1 teaspoon of Black Raspberry Extract. Add some slices of fruit to compliment your drink. Some fruit suggestions would be, orange, lemon, lime or apple. Add some ice and relax with an antioxidant-rich cocktail.
Add our BerriFibre and Black Raspberry Powder to your packing list! July 24 2014, 0 Comments
Black Raspberry Milk and Cereal
- 1 - 2 teaspoons Black Raspberry Powder
- ¾ - 1 cup of your milk of choice. You can use powdered milk and cold water, if backpacking.
- Your favorite cereal or granola.
Start by making a slurry with the Black Raspberry Powder. Put 1 or 2 teaspoons of powder into your camping cup or bowl. Add a few spoonfuls of milk and stir until you have a smooth slurry. Slowly stir in some more milk and add your favorite granola or cereal. Now it’s time to relax by the campfire with your sweet berry milk and crunchy granola breakfast.
Black Raspberry Vanilla Cream July 24 2014, 0 Comments
Black Raspberry Vanilla Cream
- ¼ cup milk of your choice
- 1 cup of Vanilla yogurt
- 2 teaspoons of Black Raspberry Powder OR ⅓ cup Whole Black Raspberries OR 1 teaspoon Black Raspberry Extract
- 1/2 - 1 cup of your favorite fresh fruit cubed
- 1 whole fresh or frozen banana
- ½ cup or more ice cubes if you want a frostier smoothie
- A spoonful of honey if you like
Place all the ingredients in your blender in the order listed above. Blend and there you have it, a wholesome, delicious smoothie.
Black Raspberry Peach Melba July 24 2014, 0 Comments
Black Raspberry Peach Melba
- ½ cup milk of your choice
- ¾ cup or 6 oz Greek peach yogurt
- 2 teaspoons Black Raspberry Powder OR ⅓ cup Whole Black Raspberries OR 1 teaspoon Black Raspberry Extract
- ½ cup or more of fresh or frozen peach slices
- ½ cup or more of ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed above. Blend until smooth and creamy. Take a break and enjoy your peachy delight.
Black Raspberry Soda July 24 2014, 0 Comments
Black Raspberry Soda
- ½ - 1 teaspoon Black Raspberry Extract
- Your favorite soda pop
- Fresh lime or lemon slice
Pour your favorite soda pop into a large glass and mix in ½ - 1 teaspoon of Black Raspberry Extract. Add some ice and a slice of lime or lemon. This is a quick way to enhance your drink and add some nutritious antioxidants!
Black Raspberry and Pomegranate Frosty July 24 2014, 0 Comments
Black Raspberry and Pomegranate Frosty
Get a blast of berries when you combine our whole freeze-dried berries or powders with our new BerriFibre powder.
- ½ cup pomegranate or cranberry juice
- ¼ cup cold water
- 1 banana
- 2 rounded teaspoons of BerriHealth’s Black Raspberry, Blueberry, Strawberry or AnthoBlend powders. OR 1/3 cup of BerriHealth's Whole Freeze-dried Black Raspberries
- 1 rounded teaspoon of BerriFibre
- 1 cup ice cubes (more or less according to your taste)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy a delicious smoothie packed with powerful anthocyanin antioxidants!
Black Raspberry Cinnamon Apple/Pear Smoothie July 24 2014, 0 Comments
Black Raspberry Cinnamon Apple/Pear Smoothie
- ½ cup milk of your choice
- ¾ cup or 6 oz of Vanilla yogurt
- ½ teaspoon or more of ground cinnamon (cinnamon is also very nutritious)
- 2 teaspoons of Black Raspberry Powder OR ⅓ cup Whole Black Raspberries OR 1 teaspoon Black Raspberry Extract
- 1 apple (peeled or unpeeled) or 1 pear
- ½ cup of ice cubes
- A spoonful or so of honey if you like
Prepare your apple or pear - a combination of both is delicious, too. The apple can be peeled or left unpeeled for extra fiber. Core and cut your fruit into chunks. Place all the ingredients in your blender in the order listed above. Blend until you have a smooth drink loaded with antioxidants from the black raspberries and also from the cinnamon!
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