Wild Blueberries…Nature’s Superfruit
How are Wild Blueberries different from cultivated Blueberries you may ask. Isn’t a Blueberry a Blueberry?! Wild Blueberries are distinct from cultivated Blueberries in several significant ways. Unlike cultivated (highbush) Blueberries, Wild (lowbush) Blueberries are not planted. They are spread primarily by rhizomes (roots) or underground runners. Wild Blueberry fields contain many different varieties of berries which accounts for the variations in size and color of wild blueberries.
Wild Blueberries are much smaller than their big, juicy cultivated cousins..almost less than half the size. So 80 or 90 cultivated blueberries may fit in one cup, that same size cup will hold more than 150 wild blueberries! Most of a blueberry’s super nutrients are in the skin, a cup of wild blueberries has almost twice the blueberry skin as a cup of cultivated blueberries. Twice the skin equals twice the antioxidant power in a cup of wild vs. cultivated blueberries!
The Blueberry contains more powerful disease fighting antioxidants that any other fruit or vegetable. The cells in our body are constantly waging a battle against free radicals, unstable oxygen molecules associated with cancer, heart disease and the effects of aging. Antioxidants, which are natural substances found in fruits and vegetables, come to the rescue by neutralizing free radicals and keeping us healthy. Just one serving of blueberries provides as many antioxidants as five servings of carrots, apples, broccoli or squash. In fact, 2/3 cup of blueberries gives you the same antioxidant protection as 1,733 IU of vitamin E and more protection that 1,200 milligrams of vitamin C.
Some other differences of Wild Blueberries include:
- Antioxidant capacity – Wild Blueberries contain more of the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin and demonstrate greater antioxidant capacity per serving than cultivated blueberries.
- Taste – Wild Blueberries have a more intense, sweet and tangy taste than cultivated blueberries
- Size – Wild Blueberries are naturally smaller and more compact (less water content) than cultivated, which means you get more Wild Blueberries per pound.
- Performance – Wild Blueberries hold their shape, texture and color through a variety of baking and manufacturing process. They also freeze well and can last up to 2 years.
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