Blueberries

Malik Shelton

History

Botanical name- Vaccinium corymbosum

Derived from North America; Introduced to Europe in 1930s; Indigo colored

Nutritional Facts

Rich in natural pro-anthocyanin pigment anti-oxidants

Low in terms of their glycemic index

80 calories in a cup

5 tips

  • Blueberries are one of the only natural foods that are truly blue in color.
  • Because of the high amount of antioxidants in blueberries, it is thought that they may help prevent damage caused by cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
  • Blueberries grow best in acidic soil at a pH of four to five and make a good container plant.
  • The peak season for fresh blueberries runs from mid-June to mid-August.
  • Blueberries are grown commercially in 38 states.

Select and Store

Fresh blueberries are in their prime from June through August. Keep blueberries refrigerated, unwashed, in a rigid container covered with clear wrap. Do not wash them before freezing as the water will cause the skins to become tough. Rinse after thawing and before eating.

How to Prepare

Fresh berries are very fragile and should be washed briefly and carefully and then gently patted dry if they are not organic. Wash berries just prior to use to not prematurely remove the protective bloom that resides on the skin's surface.
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