ONLY AVAILABLE IN COLOMBIA
When it comes to growing blueberries it’s all about the soil; acidic, loose, and high in organic matter is best. Juicy, sweet and slightly sour, these little blue superheroes are great in desserts, salads, jams, or simply eaten fresh.
Retrieved from http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ January 2015
How to store
- 0 - 0,5ºc
- Wash before eating
Research into the health benefits of this fruit is currently being carried out in the following areas:
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A GOOD SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
Half a cup of blueberries provides 16% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps support the immune system; it also helps with wound healing, the production of collagen, and it increases the amount of iron that our bodies can absorb from plants. Blueberries are also rich in antioxidants (flavonoids), which help our bodies fight toxins and free radicals.
A HIGH NATURAL SOURCE OF VITAMIN K
One serving of blueberries (1/2 a cup) provides 24% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K. Although sometimes referred to as the “forgotten vitamin”, this vitamin is essential for blood clotting, preventing osteoporosis, and hardening of the arteries.
A NATURAL SOURCE OF DIETARY FIBER
A serving (100 grams) of blueberries provides 2% of the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber. Consuming fiber helps keep the digestive system healthy; it also helps stabilize glucose and cholesterol levels.a.
In Spanish, the blueberry is known as arándano, mirtillo, muérdano, anavia and ráspano. It is native to North America, but it can also be found in parts of Asia and Europe. In Colombia they are grown at 7,200 and 11,000 feet above sea level, in localities like Boyacá and Cundinamarca. Did you know that in Greco-Roman times blueberries were used for artistic purposes? Virgil, Plinius and Vitruvius used blueberries to make paint. Mixed with milk they would get the color purple; and to achieve the color blue they would mix the berries with alum. There are around 250 different species of blueberries; all edible and identifiable by the time of year the bushes bear fruit. Blueberries contain high quantities of Quercetin, a bioflavonoid known for reducing the risk of prostate, colon and breast cancer. Some people believe that one of its health benefits is it helps improve our night vision. Diabetics eat this fruit because it regulates their blood sugar levels and because it contains substances similar to insulin.
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