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Get your free vitamin D while the sun is high and your shadow, short.

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Depending on your age and color of your skin, choose the length of time with an exposed body part to maximize daily Vitamin D production. Some studies say short exposure each day over the hottest days in the summer will produce enough vitamin D for the whole year, but in the winter there is always cod liver oil or vitamin D supplementation. Determine the length of time needed based on the following estimates: the lightest: newborn 5 minutes, child 10 minutes, teen 15...

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millie says: Serviceberries

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Serviceberries, of the Amelanchier spp., are indigenous to most every part of Canada and the US, possibly putting ‘Saskatoon’ on the map. Other colloquial names refer to their seasonal availability, such as juneberry. From slightly tart to nutty sweet, these nutritious delicacies are used to flavour Native American Pemmican. They and appear just as the shad run, hence another name: shadbush. Because of their dark red-blue-black colorings the ripe berries are jam-packed with...

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millie says mulberries

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Mulberries, Morus spp., native to warm and tropical areas of each continent have a long history of medicinal use.  Used for centuries in Chinese and folklore medicine, as a remedy for many kinds of diseases, these little gems are actually a-group-of-fruit-within-a-fruit.  They can be found clumped together in long and short varieties.  Ranging from white, burgundy to black in color and insipid to sugary in flavour, all are beneficial for their antioxidisingpolyphenols. ...

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millie says, eat plums

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Covering the spectrum of the rainbow within one fruit are…plums (Prunus subgenus prunus). These tasty drupes, juicy sweet or tangy-tart, share membership in the rose family with several other favourites; cherry, peach, apricot, apple, pear, quince, almond and even olive. The impressively colored flesh, especially when the fruit is fully ripe, contains an abundance of ….you guessed it…cell-strengthening antioxidants. Specifically, the antioxidants found in...

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millie says pears, pears everywheres

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Worldwide, there are over 30 primary and subspecies of edible pears, Pyrus spp., with China responsible for 12 of the 20 million tonnes produced yearly.  Related to the apple, there is no reason to travel the world for the chance to sample a good pear, nor reason for that same pear to have to come visit you, as many pear species bode well in cold temperatures.  A deciduous pear tree, but not an evergreen, may withstand temperatures plunging to -40 °C.  There is in fact some...

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