It would be just fine with us at My Healthy Bliss if this saying were true. We do love our fruit. What's not to love? Sweet, colorful, juicy...full of vitamins and beautiful to look at. Yes, we feel pretty sure that fruit just might be the perfect food.
When our kids were growing up on our little farm, the scorching heat of summer brought some delightful treats. Spring rains (hopefully) brought delicate white blossoms on the dewberry vines which, by summer, turned into little red berries which then became big, beautiful, dark dewberries. For those of you not from the South, a dewberry is kissing cousin to a blackberry, and in our part of the country, they grow wild all over the place. It was an annual tradition to be invited to pick the berries out in the country on the property of some elderly neighbors. In spite of poison ivy, bug bites and the inevitable dreaded farmer's tan, it was a great competition to see whose bucket had the most berries in it at the end of the day. Those plump, dark berries came home and were turned into enough jelly and jam to last until the next berry season.
Not too long after the dewberries were put up, the Mustang grapes that grew wild around our home would finally turn from green to purple, signaling that it was time to grab the buckets again. Once again buckets of beautiful fruit came into our kitchen, not leaving until they had turned into pretty jars of jelly and juice and maybe even a little wine. Depending on what the garden gave us, before the summers were over there might be big jars of homemade dill pickles, jars of squash and zucchini and plenty of jars of beautiful red tomatoes to be enjoyed for months to come. Sometimes we were the happy recipients of a big box of peaches from Aunt Mary Ann's orchard. To this day nothing smells more like home to me than a pot of gorgeous, yellow peaches simmering on the stove, well on their way to fulfilling their destiny as jars of scrumptious peach preserves.
Not wanting to be left out, by the end of the summer the pear trees would be bent over with their fruit. Often there was enough to share with the birds and still have more than we could preserve. Never wanting to see anything go to waste, we picked every pear off the trees (and off the ground IF we got there ahead of the industrious Texas fire ants) and made many a jar of delicious pear butter, pear preserves and pear jelly. Whatever was left went in the freezer and came out whenever a pear cake or pear bread was requested.
Just like the jellies and preserves we lovingly canned at home all those years, the fruit spreads you'll find at My Healthy Bliss are organic and are cooked slowly to preserve the fruit's rich flavor and bright color. These spreads contain no added sugar and have the lowest sugar content among leading brands. We are pretty picky about our jams and jellies around here...and these have earned the coveted My Healthy Bliss seal of approval. There's even peach and wild berry to take us down memory lane.
You don't have to buy sugary junk masquerading as jelly for your kids. As usual, healthy alternatives are available anytime at My Healthy Bliss!