Blueberries – Interesting Facts

Blueberries are a popular ingredient in muffins, cakes and quark desserts. Although the little berry is very sensitive to pressure and even when stored correctly does not keep for long, they are easy to freeze and can then be enjoyed year round. The properties are said to prevent signs of ageing, as well as stimulate the digestive system and blood vessels. 

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Blueberries

Class

vaccinium

Calories

60 kcal per 100 g

Nutrients

11.3 g carbohydrates, 1.9 g fibre, 0.6 g fat, 0.6 g protein per 100 g

Season

Mid-June to October

Storage

store in the fridge

Shelf life

up to a week

Blueberries – Origin and Nutrition

The European blueberry is a descendant of the American blueberry, and was first cultivated in Europe in the 1920s. Blueberry shrubs reach a height of approximately 50cm and are dense. They bloom between April and August and have small dark green leaves. It is not advisable to eat blueberries straight from the shrub, as they may have fox tapeworm. Rinsing them under cold water is enough to rid the blueberries of it.

Although wild blueberries are said to be more nutritious than cultivated blueberries, in general blueberries are undeniably healthy. The anthocyanins they contain are responsible for the deep blue colour of the vitamin C rich berry. Tannin also helps with digestive issues, particularly with dried blueberries.

Blueberries – How to Prepare

Of course blueberries can be eaten raw, but they can also be incorporated as an ingredient in various dishes. Blueberries are great in a smoothie with bananas, in pancakes and muffins or as a fresh ingredient in muesli. They can also be turned into jam and eaten on toast with cheese.

Children often like the healthy blueberry simply because its juice turns their tongue blue. They also enjoy the sweet treats that have blueberries in them like cake or ice cream. Adults that enjoy cocktails should try adding blueberries as fruity ingredient. Whether as a whole berry or in the form of syrup, the taste of blueberries goes well with whisky, vodka and gin. Why not try mixing vodka, lemonade, ice and a few blueberries? 

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