Blueberries – Wildharvested

 
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Our blueberries are grown in different areas of the United States of America. Our wild blueberries are grown in Northern Maine and Eastern Canada. This is where the majority of the wild blueberries are grown in the United States. Our domestic wild blueberries are grown on the Western side of the State of Michigan along the coastline of Lake Michigan. Savor the unique taste of Dried Wild Blueberries.



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Blueberries are from plants which are classified according to their growth habit as high-bush and low-bush berries.



High-bush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) is an erect deciduous shrub with many stems. It grows to 10-12 feet tall in cultivated farms and bears clusters of small, cream-white flowers during spring, which subsequently convert to fruits after about 2 months. In the wild, high bush blueberry is found on the edges of marshes, lakes, ponds, and streams. Rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium virgatum, also known as V. ashei.) is medium sized shrubs grow naturally in South Eastern parts of USA.



Low-bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) is short, erect plant grow about a one-two feet in height and spread by underground rhizomes. In cultivated farms, it is grown as two-year cycle crop since the whole plant is either mowed down or burnt to allow new shoots to appear only during next season.



Both species require well-drained sandy, acidic soil to flourish. This berry shrub prefers open sunny conditions and intolerant to shade. In general, the berries are ready to harvest when the green- pink berries turn completely blue, juicy and sweeter. Traditionally, blue berries are hand harvested and require intense laboring. Soon after the berries separated from the shrub, they are sorted out and transported to cold-storage facility.



Blueberries are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene as well as rich in the minerals potassium, manganese, magnesium. They are very high in fiber and low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Blueberries are packed with anthocyanins. Some of these anthocyanins give blueberries their colour. However, it is the anthocyanins and related compounds that make blueberries one of our best sources of dietary antioxidants. Antioxidant power is measured by a test called ORAC, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. A comparison of ORAC scores shows that blueberries come out on top - better than all other fresh fruit and vegetables. Many believe it is the antioxidants in blueberries that are responsible for their health promoting properties.



Blueberries may rarely cause serious allergic reactions in some sensitized individuals. Most often, these kinds of reactions occur because of possible cross-reactions to other fruits (strawberry), pollen or weed allergies. Some of the most common symptoms of blueberry allergy may include swelling and redness of mouth, lips and tongue, eczema, hives, skin rash, headache, runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing and gastrointestinal disturbances. Individuals who suspect allergy to these fruits may want to avoid eating them.

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