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Health Benefits of Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the several American varieties of berries that have a high health value associated with them. There are hundreds of ways to consume these very popular berries, and they are excellent to eat even just as they are. - News Flash - We are looking to offer another batch of blueberry concentrate after the first of the year. Right now we have dried organic blueberries and dried blueberries. Both of these are excellent an additional to nearly any recipe or a quick-n-healthy snack. In addition, we have cherry juice and dried cherries for antioxidant benefit and a tasty snack. Enjoy a glass of cherry juice during breakfast or with dinner. But, what most people do not know is that this delectable delicacy is also a powerhouse of healthy benefits. Quite an important reason to gorge on these delightful berries on a daily basis! Round Gobs of Good Health Blueberries are delightful foods. Whether young or old, they are sure to put a smile across anyone’s face. They have a pretty shape and color and once you lay your eyes on them, you cannot resist nibbling on them. They have been in use in several traditional recipes—who can forget the delectable bites of blueberry muffins, blueberry shortcakes and blueberry pies—in the western parts of the world for centuries, but it is only lately that significant body of research has shown that these berries have a vast amount of health benefits as well. Quite understandably, people have been looking at these berries with a whole new interest. Most ‘berry’ lists rank blueberries as the second most popular berries in the world, after strawberries. It is the official berry of the Nova Scotia region in Canada. The blueberry muffin is the official muffin of Minnesota. It has been widely pictured in the media and has been the cynosure of a lot of literature attention as well. Let us take a closer look at these celebrity berries. Blueberries—What Are They? This berry, which derives its name due to its color, actually has a very well deserved name. The berry is actually lusciously blue at one stage in its life, though not throughout. It is pale green when it first appears, then goes through a whole gamut of colors from reddish purple to indigo. It is indigo blue during the peak of its ripened life, and this is when it is at its tasteful and healthful best as well. The shape of the blueberry is also unique. It is completely round, with a crown at its open end. This gives it a five-point symmetry. Added to that, the berries grow in clusters. Since all the berries in a cluster won’t ripen at the same time, you will usually find berries of different colors hanging in the same cluster at any given moment. This adds to their appeal. Biologically, the blueberry belongs to the genus Vaccinium, which makes it a cousin of bilberries and cranberries, which also belong to the same genus. Though there are several kinds of blueberries, some even inedible, it is the species that belong to the section Cyanococcus that are the ones that are usually found in the market.   Blueberries—Traditional Roots Blueberries are traditional fruits of the western part of the world, most notably North America, along with some countries in Europe and Asia as well. They have always been used in preparing several items of usual cuisine in these local areas. America especially has had a great cultural association with blueberries and so have countries like England and France in Europe. Several characteristic recipes of these regions include blueberry in them. North America is the largest producer of blueberries in the world.
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