What Are They?
Blueberries- the perennial flowering plants are one of the most consumed fruits in the US. Most of the species of blueberries are also native to the North America. They are found everywhere in the world- in Southern Hemisphere in Australia and in the Mediterranean area.
The flavors of blueberries depend on specific species but some of them are quite sweet and some are quite tangy and a little bit sour. They also vary in their color, ranging from dark blue to purple black. The season of the blueberries is from May to October.
Blueberries contain a large amount of nutrients such as Vitamin C (12%), Vitamin E (4%) and Vitamin K (18%) and other minerals such as Manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
These fruits are most well-known for containing anthocyanin; polyphenols and other antioxidants help to strength our immune system as well as reduce the chance of diabetes, high blood pressure as well as heart diseases1.
Rich in Vitamin K, magnesium and zinc, blueberries support the healthy structures of our bones and teeth.
Consuming a regular amount of blueberries can help us to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and some other diseases for the elderly such as Parkinson’s disease.
They can also enhance our skin’s complexion and reduce wrinkles.
How to use them?
- In addition to fresh blueberries, you can eat dried blueberries and add them to your breakfast cereals.
- You can create blueberry jam with just sugar and water.
- Blueberries could be made into smoothies on their own or you can mix them with other fruits such as strawberries and bananas to create more flavors.
- There are many kinds of desserts that you can make with blueberries such as Blueberries parfait, blueberries peach crisp and blueberries trifle.
- There is also blueberry wine which is also worth a try.