Facts About Blueberries

Blueberries aren't just about eating healthy, as these interesting facts about blueberries attest.

From the ages of 9-11 I lived with my parents in the northern city of North Bay Ontario. We lived almost on the edge of town. Within a 15 minute hike of our house there were rocks, cedar trees and wild blueberries as far as the eye could see. Every day we could get away during blueberry season we spent the entire day there. There was something wonderful about the combination of cedar and blueberry smell that called to us - not to mention the quantities of tiny blue berries. Our mothers always sent us out with pails, but they always came back empty - we were far too busy eating to put anything in the pail.

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Blueberries are in season somewhere in North America beween April and October. Peak season is mid-June to mid-August

Blueberries are from the same plant family as azaleas, mountain laurel and heather. They all love acidic soil, and a temperate climate.

Of all it's nutritional benefits blueberries are very high in fiber, and make a great natural laxative.

Blueberries are one of three berries native to North America. The other two are Concord grapes and cranberries.

Half of all blueberries produced today are sold fresh. The rest are frozen, made into preserves, baked, dried, or used in a wide ranged of processed foods such as yogurt and cereals.

Like cranberries, blueberries were well-known to the First Nations people long before Europeans arrived. They have a long and noble history and were used for medicinal purposes as well as a nutritious food source and a dye.

Blueberries are a favorite of the animal kingdom - bears love them, and so do raccoons, and cows.

Blueberries have high levels of antioxidants that have significant health benefits including lowering cholesterol, improving heart health, and cancer-fighting properties.

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Facts About Blueberries