Wild blueberries can be found in abundance all through Nature Ridge, so we though that we would take the opportunity to pay homage to this pint-sized super fruit with some fun facts:
Not all blueberries are created equal. There’s a difference.
Frozen or fresh Wild Blueberries are wildly different from regular blueberries you find in the produce section. They pack more intense blueberry flavor into their tiny blue bodies than any other blueberry – making them the blueberry of choice for anyone interested in cooking, baking, making smoothies and more.
A growing body of research is establishing Wild Blueberries as a potential ally to protect against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s – so it’s no surprise that more and more people are picking Wild Blueberries than ever before!
Where do Wild Blueberries grow?
Wild Blueberries thrive in the glacial soils and northern climate of the special place we call the Land of Wild Blueberries – Maine, Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
Wild Blueberries are one of three berries native to North America — what are the others?
Like Wild Blueberries, Concord grapes and cranberries have grown naturally for thousands of years.
How are Wild Blueberries harvested?
Wild Blueberries are often harvested the traditional way, with hand-held berry rakes that have been used for generations. Within hours of being picked, the berries are sorted, cleaned and processed, using state-of-the-art technology to preserve their flavor, quality and antioxidant goodness.
How are Wild Blueberries different from cultivated blueberries?
Wild Blueberries (vaccinium angustifolium) are distinct from their cultivated cousins in several significant ways. Unlike cultivated (highbush) blueberries, Wild (lowbush) Blueberries are not planted. They are spread primarily by rhizomes or underground runners, which give rise to new shoots and stems. Wild Blueberry fields and barrens contain many different varieties of berries, which accounts for the variations in size and color that characterize the Wild Blueberry crop. Wild Blueberry growers use many modern crop management techniques to carefully tend their fields and encourage growth.
Other differences include:
- Antioxidant capacity – Wild Blueberries contain more of the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin and demonstrate greater antioxidant capacity per serving than cultivated blueberries.
- Taste – Wild Blueberries have a more intense, sweet and tangy taste than cultivated blueberries
- Size – Wild Blueberries are naturally smaller and more compact (less water content) than cultivated, which means you get more Wild Blueberries per pound.
- Performance – Wild Blueberries hold their shape, texture and color through a variety of baking and manufacturing process. They also freeze very well: Wild Blueberries can maintain their quality for more than two years.
Wild Blueberry Health
What do antioxidants do?
The cells in our body are constantly waging a battle against free radicals – unstable oxygen molecules associated with cancer, heart disease and the effects of aging. Antioxidants, which are natural substances found in fruits and vegetables, come to the rescue by neutralizing free radicals and keeping us healthy.
What is anthocyanin and why is it important?
Anthocyanin is a powerful antioxidant responsible for the intense blue and red pigments of fruits like Wild Blueberries. Anthocyanin is believed to protect against brain aging and promote vision health. In addition to reducing eye strain and improving night vision, scientists are examining the ability of anthocyanin-rich Wild Blueberries to prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over age 65.
Why is eating colorful foods, like blueberries, such a hot topic?
Scientific research is showing that many of the very chemicals, known as phytochemicals, that give fruits and vegetables their color are good for us.
Wild Blueberries are a “nutrient-rich” food. What does that mean?
At just 45 calories per serving, Wild Blueberries deliver substantial nutrients for every calorie consumed. That makes them a nutrient-rich choice for your daily diet.
Are frozen berries as nutritious as fresh ones?
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh and many even retain their nutritional value longer. That’s good news for Wild Blueberries, which freeze extraordinarily well.
*Do not reply on the information in this Blog as accurate medical advice, consult a Health Care Professional for that.