Chase your blues away
Have you added blueberries to your list of must-have foods? If not, there’s no time like the present, go ahead and add those small marble-like fruits to your diet. Blueberries have made their way into our everyday food through popular desserts and baked goods. Low in calories, this superfood can be eaten fresh or frozen.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that help protect cells from damage. They are also high in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. When consumed regularly, blueberries renew our skin and maintain its overall health.
Blueberries are grown in North America, with the US producing about 240,000 tons per year. The US is one of the largest producers of this fruit along with Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and British Columbia.
Before it gained popularity in the 20th century, blueberries were known as a wild fruit that grew in temperate regions of North America and Europe. People used them as filling in cakes. In the 1990s, however, health experts recognized the benefits of this fruit, leading to an increase in its demand.
India came late to the blueberry game. Scientists in the Horticulture Department at the Agricultural University, Palampur established a small plantation of the fruit and were the first to grow it in India.
Add variety to your diet with these interesting recipes using blueberries.
- 1 pack fresh blueberries
- 2 glasses of water
- Add the water and fresh blueberries to a saucepan and let it boil.
- Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and cook for about 5 to 10 minutes till the blueberries soften. The blueberries will release their juices when softened.
- Strain the mixture through a muslin cloth and separate the juice and pulp.
- Add this syrup while preparing tea. You may add sugar or honey to the tea if you like it sweet.
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 spoon sugar
- 1 glass water
- 250 gms cream
- Take a saucepan, and boil the water, sugar, and blueberries together. Simmer till the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove the pulp by pressing the mixture through a mesh strainer.
- Once the pulp is removed, stir in the cream thoroughly. Deep freeze this mixture for 5-6 hours.
- Scoop out a big chunk of blueberry ice cream, add your favourite toppings and enjoy your bowl of fruity delight!
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- Premium quality: L’exotique provides premium quality, imported, hand-picked fruits which are sourced directly from the finest orchards across the globe.
- Excellent supply chain management: We are one of the top importers in India, sourcing fruits from 5 continents and 10 countries spanning both hemispheres, and supplying to 50 cities across India.
- Customer satisfaction: Customers are our top priority, and we believe in giving the best to our customers to keep them happy.
When you buy fruits from L’exotique, we guarantee quality, hygiene, and freshness. Our quality-assured farm-fresh exotic fruits go through in-depth standardized checks before they reach you. Our brand is built on quality and trust.
- Do blueberries and milk go together?
Yes, you can consume them together by blending them into a milkshake or smoothie.
- Who should not eat blueberries?
People who are allergic to stone fruits and are sensitive to salicylate should not eat blueberries as it can cause adverse allergic reactions. You can substitute blueberries with blackberries, mulberries, huckleberries, raspberries, black or red Currants, grapes, gooseberries, strawberries, passion fruit, and pomegranates.
- Are blueberries high in salicylates?
Yes, blueberries have high salicylate content. It is an ingredient used to make Aspirin that is given to treat pain, fever, and inflammation.
- What happens if you eat blueberries every day?
If you consume around 1-2 cups of blueberries on a daily basis, your heart remains fit and healthy. Just like any other food, too many blueberries are not good for your body. It can cause diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramps.
- Are blueberries nightshade?
Although they contain solanine which is a kind of alkaloid, blueberries are not nightshade. They belong to the ericaceae family.
- How to know if you are allergic to blueberries?
If you are allergic to blueberries, you will experience itching or swelling, and gastro problems. Symptoms also include eczema, hives, breathlessness and redness of the face.