With food prices expected to rise by up to 1.5% in 2018, many consumers are looking for ways to meet their dietary requirements, while saving money. The good news is that the freshest, most delicious and nutritious food grows straight from the ground. If you know where and when to look, you can forage fruits for free this summers. Combined with the nutritional benefits of hemp, you can gather these easy to acquire foods for increased health, without spending a penny.
A ripe blackberry is one of the sweetest, most satisfying treats you can consume alongside hempseed. A cup of these berries includes half of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C as well as 8 grams of the suggested 30 grams of fiber. All this while containing a mere 60 calories.
Native to North America, there’s no need to head to the supermarket for blackberries this summer. You will find them decorating the bushes that line footpaths from spring to fall. It is between July and August that they hit peak season, making this the perfect time to grab a basket and start foraging.
If you are looking for sweet flavor with a luxury twist, then you’ll want to gather some cherries. Like hemp, cherries are full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants which help to reduce pain and prevent the onset of cancer. A British Journal of Nutrition study suggested that they can lower blood pressure. With potassium, calcium and vitamin A, eating this seasonal and local fruit has also been shown to improve sleep.
When to pick cherries will depend on the climate of your local state. California starts to harvest its cherries in May, while Washington DC has to wait until June. If you are in an area of high elevation, then cherries will be at their ripest in August. Wherever you are, you should be able to find cherries ready to eat all summer long.
Figs are a unique tasting fruit, but packed full of all the nutrients to complement your hemp intake. Often though, the supermarkets will only stock dried out figs, due to their delicate, perishable nature. If you’ve never had a freshly picked fig, then you could be missing out on a completely different flavor and texture.
For a strong dose of iron, copper and vitamins A, E and K, then you have two seasons to choose from. The first few weeks in June are good time for fig picking, but if you miss this, then there’s always the season lasting from August to October. You’ll know if a fig is good to eat when it is soft to touch and the skin breaks easily. If there is a visible sap oozing out, then the fig is fresh, sweet and ripe.
The best things in life really are free. You can’t pick a hamburger off a tree, but you can pick something which is packed full of nutrients and healthy energy to get you through the summer months. Supplementing a plant-heavy diet with hemp products is the best way to ensure a clean, healthy body.