Blueberries

Blueberries

Bursting with goodness, blueberries are the perfect healthy addition to breakfast cereals, smoothies and deserts. An 80g serving of blueberries counts as one portion of your 5-a-day (an 80g serving is 2 handfuls or 4 heaped tablespoons of blueberries)

  • Blueberries are full to the brim with antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins.
  • Blueberries are often labelled as a superfood, and eating them is one of the easiest ways to add nutrients to your diet and give your immune system a boost.
  • They are one of the most nutrient dense berries with fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese. They also have one of the highest levels of antioxidants, specifically anthocyanins.
  • 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.
  • In recent years there is has been a growing body of science that berries could help to offset cardiovascular diseases and help to preserve heart health. Also studies have shown that eating blueberries can help to improve mood and aspects of cognition.

 

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