Blueberry is a very old plant of unknown origin that grows spontaneously in the northern region of Europe, Asia and America. Much of their appeal is the distinctive, purely sweet blueberry flavour.
Although the first cultivated crop of blueberries was not successfully grown until 1912, they were an important source of food for Native Americans for thousands of years prior. Blueberries keep longer in storage than many other similar berries, making them an important crop that Native Americans dried and stored for winter. They were eaten fresh when in season and incorporated into a variety of basic stews and other food recipes.
The story of how modern commercial blueberry cultivation begins with the daughter of a New Jersey cranberry farmer. As early as the late 1890’s, Elizabeth White was interested in the blueberry’s potential as a cultivated crop. However, most other growers at the time did not see her vision and believe they could be domesticated. There was simply a lack of understanding of the basic needs of blueberries. In the end, she fought hard and laid the groundwork for our modern blueberry varieties today.
A proud member of the exclusive category of Superfoods, blueberry goes without saying that it has many health benefiting properties tucked under its belt.
Powerful Source of Antioxidants
Blueberries are a powerhouse of antioxidants, especially anthocyanin, which gives it its deep blue colour, as well as helps in removing free radicals from the blood, thus protecting the body from developing various diseases, including cancer.
It is said that blueberries have the highest antioxidant content among all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. And its regular consumption is found to not only help the cardiovascular system but also protect against neurodegenerative diseases and digestive diseases.
Improve Skin Health
Collagen is the support system of the skin. It depends on vitamin C as an essential nutrient and works to help prevent skin damage caused by the sun, pollution, and other external aggressors. Vitamin C may also improve collagen’s ability to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, enhancing overall skin texture. A cup of blueberries provides 24% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
Increase Heart Health
Heart disease remains the top killer of both men and women around the world, and blueberries may offer some potent protection. Due to their ability to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, blueberries protect against artery hardening, a condition that contributes to heart attack and stroke.
DRINK BERRIES ALL YEAR ROUND
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