The Blueberry is a fruit which comes from a shrub belonging to the same family as cranberries and bilberries.
Blueberries are highly nutritious providing a good soucre of dietary fiber, Vitamin C and E, and manganese and are one of the best fruits you can eat. They are flavorful and grow in clusters ranging in size from a pea to the size of a grape.
Blueberries are available fresh, frozen or dried. They are popular fruits used with cereal, yogurt, pancakes, pies, muffins, smoothies and more.
The fruit is a false berry 5–16 millimetres (0.20–0.63 in) diameter with a flared crown at the end; they are pale greenish at first, then reddish-purple, and finally blueish-purple when ripe.Blueberry bushes typically bear fruit in the middle of the growing season: fruiting times are affected by local conditions such as altitude and latitude, so the height of the crop can vary from May to August depending upon these conditions.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Blueberry jam is made from blueberries, sugar, water, and fruit pectin. Premium blueberry jam, usually made from wild blueberries, is common in Maine, Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.
Blueberries have a diverse range of micronutrients, with notably high levels (relative to respective Dietary Reference Intakes) of the essential dietary mineral manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber (table). One serving provides a relatively low glycemic load score of 4 out of 100 per day.
Conserving and Storing
Keep blueberries refrigerated, unwashed, in a rigid container covered with clear wrap. They should last up to two weeks if they are freshly-picked. Water on fresh blueberries hastens deterioration