Positively, there will be some good supply of blueberries available after easter.
Blueberries have long been noted as extremely healthy food and, with the most beneficial levels of some nutrients available, they qualify as a ‘superfood’.
Notably, their contribution to cognitive and brain function has been documented and blueberries offer well-recognised benefits in reducing the effects of dementia by halting cell damage, as well as improving learning capacity and fine motor skills. They act as an anti-inflammatory and reduce brain stress by regulating blood sugar levels and introducing anti-oxidants which also aid heart function and cancer protection.
They are high in energy, vitamin C and potassium and also possess notably quantities of carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins A, B1, B2; B3, B5 and E, and also contain iron, magnesium, manganese, sodium and zinc.
One large handful of blueberries contains just 44 calories but has 2 grams of dietary fibre and 10% of your daily recommended vitamin C content.
Blueberries ranked number one in antioxidant health benefits in a comparison with more than 40 fresh fruits and vegetables.
Blueberry is one of the only foods that are truly naturally blue. The pigment that gives blueberries their distinctive colour—called anthocyanin—is the same compound that provides the blueberry’s amazing health benefits.
People have been eating blueberries for more than 5,000 years.
The blueberry (genus Vaccinium) is one of the only commercially available fruits that are native to North America.
Blueberries were called “star-fruits” by North American indigenous peoples because of the five-pointed star shape that is formed at the blossom end of the berry.
A single blueberry bush can produce as many as 6,000 blueberries per year.
British Columbia is the largest highbush blueberry growing region in the world. As a country, Canada ranks third behind the US and Chile. Blueberries are Canada’s most exported fruit.
The silvery sheen, waxy epicuticular (or “bloom”) found on the skin of blueberries is a naturally occurring compound that helps protect the fruit. This is why you should only wash blueberries right before you’re going to eat them. The berries should be stored in the refrigerator and will keep fresh for up to 10 days.