Berries & Herbs

BILBERRY  

(Vaccinium myrtillus)

Polanne Bilberry Powder

Bilberry a.k.a. wild blueberry is known as an arctic superfood that grows wild in the Northern Europe's spruce forests. Unlike cultivated blueberries, bilberries (or wild blueberries) grow smaller and darker due to the harsh Nordic environment. The dark blue and purple colour is caused by anthocyanin - a type of flavonoid that is studied for positive effects on human health. Bilberries are shown to contain several times the amount of anthocyanin as compared to blueberries. Bilberry benefits include:

  • Vitamins (E, A)
  • Minerals (magnesium, potassium)
  • Fibre
  • Antioxidants 

LINGONBERRY

(Vaccinium vitis-idaea)

Polanne Lingonberry

Lingonberry, a sour and flaming red berry, grows in the boreal forest unique to the northern hemisphere and Finland alone has a natural crop of over 200 million kilos a year. Lingonberry, similar to cranberry, is made into jams, juices, pies and used in porridges and desserts. Because of it's strong flavour lingonberry has also been paired with meat dishes and used in alcoholic drinks. Both the berry and it's leaves have a long nordic history as a source of nutrition and in folk medicine. The little berry has a lot to offer including being a source of flavonoids quercetin, proanthocyanidins and catechins.    

  • Vitamins (E, K)
  • Minerals (magnesium, potassium)
  • Fibre
  • Antioxidants 

BLACKCURRANT

(Ribes nigrum)

Blackcurrant is a robust source of minerals and antioxidants and, like bilberry, celebrated for its high anthocyanin content. Blackcurrant's health benefit studies often focus on eye health, boosting immunity and antibacterial properties. As a smooth, dark and tart berry it is often used for juices and jams but also to complement sauces and rich chocolate desserts.

  • Vitamins (A, B, E)
  • Minerals (magnesium, potassium)
  • Fibre
  • Antioxidants

NETTLE

(Urtica Dioica)

Polanne Nettle

Nettle has a reason to sting - to protect itself from the hungry wild. Nettle is a powerhouse of nutrition including vitamins C, A, E and folate, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. It also has a good portion of protein and fibre. In fact, nettle is commonly used to replace spinach and is often used as a herbal tea. It can be used as a healthy addition to rice, soups, stews and stirfries

  • Vitamins (A, B, C, E, K)
  • Minerals (magnesium, potassium, iron)
  • Fibre
  • Protein

Nettle is often not recommended for people who suffer from heart or kidney problems. If you have any health issues, are pregnant or concerned about allergies please consult a medical professional before use.