Nannyberry scientifically called Viburnum Lentago is a shrub or a small tree that grows up to 30ft. It produces small white flowers and small, juicy fruits. Nannyberry is a native plant species of Midwestern United States, Southern Canada, Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and the Appalachian mountains of the far south in Kentucky and Virginia. The nannyberry plant has small white flowers that are grown in clusters. The fruit itself has a blue-black colour and a sweet taste. This berry is used for making tea, jam, jelly, and dried fruit. Nannyberries may also have medicinal benefits and can be eaten raw or processed by stewing or bafking.
The juice taken from the nannyberry brings benefit to those suffering from digestive ills and menstrual problems as well as relieves pain and relieves anxiety. A tea rendered from the tree bark has antispasmodic properties, making it a good choice to relax muscular spasms and cramping. Teas made from the leaves have been used to treat cases of the measles. This versatile brew also heals painful, burning urination (dysuria). As an effective diuretic, nannyberry leaf tea acts on the kidneys to promote the regular flow of urine.
Berries are low in calories, high in fiber, and they contain vitamins and minerals your body needs to function normally. Berries are nutritional powerhouses whether they are eaten fresh, frozen, dried, freeze-dried, or powdered. But can they protect our brain and memory, melt fat, and prevent urinary tract infections? In general, berries are naturally high in antioxidants – compounds that may slow cancer growth. The darker the berry, the greater it is phytochemical content and the more likely its reputed health benefits.
Phytochemicals are naturally occurring antioxidants in plants that add flavour, colour pigments, and scent, and they are abundant in all types of fruits and vegetables, particularly berries.
The pigments that give berries their rich red to blue, black and purple colours are a type of phytochemical that has been shown to have significant disease-fighting, cell-protecting antioxidant capacity.