Wineberries are quite similar in taste to raspberries but are slightly sourer and contain more juice. The health benefits are equivalent to raspberries and are due to the rich amounts of antioxidants, fibers, vitamin C and minerals. The main health benefit of wineberries is their strong anti-inflammatory effect. This is caused by a mix of compounds that reduce inflammation and increase the immune response, including vitamin C, vitamin E and a number of natural enzymes that boost the activity of the immune system. These compounds directly increase the production of cytokines, which are molecules used by the body to mark pathogens that are killed by the immune cells. As a result, consuming wineberries boosts immunity in general and is effective against all types of bacteria and viruses. Like their name suggests, wineberries can also be made into a wine with important health effects. The wine is rich in a bioactive compound named quercetin, which can counter a wide range of poisons and toxins. Another compound found in wineberries is related to vitamin A and can improve eye health. Since they boost immunity, the berries are a counter for fevers, coughs and common cold.
The wineberry fruit is very sweet and juicy and can be consumed either raw or prepared. It is a very tasty fruit, even if the flavour is not as strong as the one of a raspberry. It is also smaller in size and has a larger number of seeds. Wineberries should be consumed quickly because they don't last long. They can be stored in the fridge for a few days and can also be frozen for longer preservation. They are typically eaten fresh but can also be prepared as jam, wine, sauce, fruit salads or other desserts.
The wineberry can be found in fields and forests but it especially enjoys the edges of wetlands and woods. It also grows in savannas, prairies and along streams. The brambles provide shelter for many types of animals and birds. In cultivation, the wineberry prefers light shade but can also be planted in full sun. Wineberry enjoys loamy ground with good drainage. The wineberry tolerates temperatures as low as -18�C but doesn't like strong winds. While it can be damaged by frost, it usually recovers. Wineberry is cultivated for its edible fruit, as well as the ornamental value. It is popular in gardens because the red stems provide color during the winter months. It is vulnerable to honey fungus, like other related species. Wineberry can be propagated using seeds but stratification is needed. The best time to sow the seeds in a cold frame is at the start of autumn. If you plan to sow the seeds of wineberry in February or later, they should be stratified at 3�C for about one month. The seedlings have to be pricked as soon as they grow big enough. At the end of spring, you can relocate the plants from the cold frame to their final location. Tip layering can also be used for propagation during July, with planting in autumn and division next spring.