In summer, when many varieties of berries are ripe, you can eat them all day. Who would scoff at blueberries with yogurt or pancakes in the morning, raspberries in a salad at lunch, a berry smoothie for a snack, and strawberries with ice cream after dinner? Some of those meals might be good for you, too. Reports on the benefits of antioxidant-rich and calorie-low berries arrive as seasonally as the fruit itself.
But it doesn’t last long. The growing season for the popular summer varieties—raspberry, blackberry, and strawberry (not technically a berry, but that’s okay)—is brief, with some varieties only producing for one or two months. The unforgiving timeframe and prevalence of pests can make growing your own a bit tricky. And store-bought berries can be inconsistent; sometimes mealy, sometimes sour, sometimes flavorless.
Perhaps that fleeting nature explains the joy in these pictures of berries from our Your Shot photo community.