Summer can’t be complete without this fruity treat in your salads, oatmeal, and yogurts. It is popular because of its low calorie count and antioxidant compounds. But besides these common facts, there are other less-known features of blueberries that can easily make it one of the best superfoods out there.
- Helps prevent memory loss. There is a study in 2012 that shows taking one serving of blueberries every week can slow down your cognitive decline by clearing the toxic protein that gathers in your brain.
- Maine is top producer. The world’s largest producer of blueberries is the United States of America, harvesting 564.4 million pounds in 2012. Northeast of US in New England, Maine produces the most blueberries anywhere else in the world.
- Natural Food Dye. Blueberries are used by early American colonists as natural food dye by boiling them together with milk and come up with a grey paint.
- It’s color should be dusty. Some people think that they should pick the clean looking blueberry from the store shelves, but the truth is, the dusty ones in color are the perfect blueberries.
- Rinsing spoils blueberries quick. Don’t wash the dust off your blueberry unless you are ready to eat it. Because the rinse will make your blueberry softer, this spoils it faster.
- Rhododendron and the azalea are close relatives. The blueberry bush is related to Rhododendron and the azalea, which are late spring mainstay as it has wonderful blooms and big green leaves that can last until the winter.
- Processed blueberry-flavoured foods have no blueberries. Do you like eating cereals, muffins, breads, and bagels that are blueberry-flavoured? Then that means you are not eating real blueberries. These products have captured the blueberry flavour by mixing corn syrup, sugar, starch oil, and artificial flavours. Fact is, there are no real blueberries in them.