Blueberries

Blueberries

Bursting with goodness, blueberries are the perfect healthy addition to breakfast cereals, smoothies and deserts. 

  • Blueberries are full to the brim with antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins.
  • When blueberries have been frozen they still contain all of their antioxidant properties
  • Blueberries increase the brain’s production of feel-good dopamine, a natural neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy

 

Nutritional Information

Blueberries 80g
Calories (kcal)46
Fat (g)0.2
Saturates (g)0
Total sugars (g)8
Salt (g)0
Fibre (g)1.4
Folate (mcg)5 (3% RDA)
Vitamin C (mg)8 (10% RDA)
Vitamin E (mg)0.48 (4% RDA)
Manganese (mg)0.27 (14% RDA)

 

Varieties

British blueberries are available from June until September and the start of the season usually features the Duke variety. To guarantee local fruit can be supplied until late September, growers have planted special varieties for full flavour and a greater shelf life, which include:

  • Duke
  • Bluecrop Chandler
  • Darrow
  • Draper
  • Liberty
  • Ozark Blue
  • Auror

 

Origin

Blueberries are grown as far north as North-East Scotland on the same latitude as the Gulf of Alaska. It’s the temperate climate created in Scotland by the Gulf Stream that allows this apparent miracle of nature, and means British blueberries are available until September. From then on, they will be from Argentina, Spain, South Africa and Chile:

Country of Origin and Seasonal Summary
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
UK     X XX   
ArgentinaXX       XXX
Spain XXXXXX     
South AfricaX        XXX
ChileXXXX      XX