Saturday, August 11, 2012

BLUEBERRIES


BLUEBERRIES

Canadian Blueberries
Part One of a two part series.
Canadian  blueberries are of two types- The  “lowbush blueberries,” also known as wild blueberries and The Highbush blueberries”.
WILD BLUEBERRIES
A True Taste of Nature
The sunny days of late summer and early autumn are harvest time for Canada's blueberry crop. 

PART ONE -  LOWBUSH BLUEBERRIES

Canada is the world's largest producer of “lowbush blueberries,”  and is the world's second-largest producer and exporter of these delectable berries, after the United States.
In British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, workers hand-pick the sweetest fruits for the table market, while mechanical pickers scoop up the berries destined for freezing and processing.

These small blue globes have always been prized, and for centuries were a special favourite among Canada's First Nations  (natives). 
They had learned how to smoke the wild fruit for winter use, mix it with honey and cornmeal to make blueberry pudding, and make a blueberry syrup to cure coughs. 

Nowadays, Canada's making them unique—no other Canadian fruit shares this distinction.
Most are grown commercially in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. They are native to Eastern North America and grow best on treeless land or on land that has been burned over
Wild blueberries are unusual because growers do not plant them, but instead manage wild stands that spread naturally by means of underground runners
FIELD OF WILD BLUEBERRIES
Since managed wild blueberry fields can have several distinct runner systems, the berries are often not uniform in appearance—but the delectable taste is always the same. They ares mostly destined for processing and freezing.

EXCELLENT HEALTH BENEFITS
Diets supplemented with wild blueberry juice may affect memory  and learning in older adults, while reducing blood sugar and symptoms of depression.

Wild blueberries has a higher anthocyanin content.  Anthocyanin is the red, blue or purple color in a fruit/ veggie, depending on the pH. It is water soluble.
Anthocyanins have been shown to act as a "sunscreen", protecting cells from high-light damage by absorbing blue-green and UV light, thereby protecting the tissues from   (photoinhibition), or high-light stress.

This may be seen on  the color of autumn leaves and  of plant shoots , like the reddish hue of rose shoots.
Anthocyanins also act as powerful antioxidants.

Links- wiki-anthocyanin, also government websites- here  and here
BEAR EATING  WILD BLUEBERRIES
WILD BLUEBERRY SCONES AND JAM

58 comments:

  1. You can't go wrong with blueberries!

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  2. Wan, i always start my morning with fresh blueberries or fresh turkey apricot...easy to eat while driving to work

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    1. hi rina, sometimes there no fresh ones..may be all sold

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  3. Blueberries are my favorite fruit.

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  4. I love blueberries but seems not able to get the nice ones over here, what the price is also on the high side. Certainly makes a great ingredient to be added into pies.

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    1. hi nava, i'd rather eat the fresh ones than the processed

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  5. Those photos make me so hungry and I haven’t stopped for dinner yet! Wonderful post!

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    1. wow! thanks and have a nice day love2dine

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  6. Lovely info..will surely include blueberries in our diet..Great post!!

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  7. Great information,love this fruit,have a great weekend:)

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    1. hi suja, happy blogging and have a great week

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  8. I love berries. They're good for your skin and eyes. Thank you for sharing information. It's good to learn about variety of blueberries.

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    1. hi nash, i especially like the packed anthocyanins in wild blueberries..just look at the color of their leaves/

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  9. guess what, my daughter can finish a whole tub of blueberries at a go.. how's your Raya preparation, Wan? Must be excited eh, less than a week to go!

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    1. hi dr jehanne- are you coming back to kl this raya- hope you can.

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  10. Hi Wan, wow! Love this posting. Yes, I love these blueberries and often going fishing up North will get to pluck them fresh in the wild. Only thing is where there are berries, there are bears, and arguing or tangling with a full grown black bear is not an option.

    Canada's blueberry, strawberry etc jams are really good too.....and I have them on toast for breakfast. Love the pics......
    Always learning something new coming here.....
    Taking this opportunity to wish you selamat hari raya, have fun......and keep a song in your heart.
    Best regards.
    Lee.

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    1. hi lee,i love the fresh ones most, but cant get to buy over here all the time- may be sold out fast. also yummy with ice cream. those bears sure are scary. ha ha,thanks for the raya wish. have a nice day

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  11. Blueberries, mmm ...super rich in antioxidants!

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    1. hi jasna, you seem to use a lot of blueberries too. have a nice day

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  12. I actually met someone the other day (at my dinner table) who did not like blueberries, I was dazed with unbelief, at the idea of not liking blueberries!

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    1. hi Jan, i have never met anyone who does not like blueberries. its a great fruit. have a nice day

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  13. That is true, British Columbia has the perfect weather for blue berries. Who knows better than me? I live in Richmond and there are many blue berry farms, I bought a big box few days ago and made blue berry cake.

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    1. Hi balvinder, i guess as much you are staying somewhere in that continent- but never thought its Richmond.. lucky you have lots of fresh supplies. have a nice day

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  14. Have heard so much abt this beautiful fruit. Wish I can taste some.

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    1. hope you can too one day.. have a nice day archana, glad you came by

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  15. very informative post.. Advance Eid wishes... Have a nice day..

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  16. I love blueberry too. Wishing you Selamat Hari Raya Wan!

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    1. hi dear, glad you like blueberry, thanks for the Raya wish

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  17. Wan! Selamat Hari Raya to you! Enjoy your Raya!

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  18. Great information! Advanced Eid greeting to you, Wan!

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  19. Hi Wan, here's wishing you and all at home the very best of hari raya.
    Selamat hari raya. And happy holidays.
    Best wishes.
    Lee.

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    2. thank you Lee for your "Raya" wishes. Have a nice day

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  20. Me encantan son muy hermoso y sus beneficios son realmente importantes,lindo post,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  21. Selamat Hari Raya to you and everyone at home Maznah. Have a great time with you loved one.

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  23. Wow.. I've never seen wild blueberries before. I wouldn't know the first photo was blueberries if I saw it in a field somewhere. And they look very nice.. :)
    Anyway, wishing you Selamat Hari Raya! :)

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    1. thank you bella for your sweet comments, selamat hari raya to you too-

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