The Incredible Health Benefits of Blueberries!
When you think of blueberries you might just think of the sweet little gems bursting with flavor that you add to your muffins, scones or smoothies. While they are an excellent source of flavor and texture they are also an incredible source of antioxidants with countless health benefits.
Many health professionals have even called the blueberry a superfood because of the incredible health benefits and ability to lower risk of heart disease and cancer.
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Health Benefits of Blueberries
There are so many reasons to included Blueberries in your diet. They are rich in antioxidants, reduce risk of cancer, may lower blood pressure, improve memory function and improve overall body functions. Blueberries also add a delicious sweet and tart bite to any baked good, smoothie, or yogurt parfait!
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Ways to Enjoy Blueberries
Blueberries are incredible fresh off the bush in the middle of summer, bursting with flavor and unlike anything you can get in the grocery stores. Another great place to find fresh blueberries at the peak of their flavor is at your local farmers market. In San Francisco we are lucky to have Triple Delight Blueberries available at many Bay Area Farmers Markets from April - early July. Triple Delight Blueberries is a small organic blueberry farm located in the California's, San Juaquin Valley.
Blueberries can also be picked at their peak deliciousness and frozen to preserve the sweet taste of summer. Frozen berries can be found year found at most grocery stores. Freezing your own blueberries is also really easy and a great way to save fruit that might be going bad quicker than you can keep up.
A few other ways to buy blueberries are dried blueberries, blueberry syrup and blueberry extract. These are great alternatives for baking and cooking.
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Cooking with Blueberries
Blueberries are a blast to cook with and there are truly endless baking possibilities of what can be made with these sweet summer fruits. Here are just a couple of ideas we love when it comes to baking with blueberries!
- Breakfast Parfait
- Sweat Breads
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Home made Blueberry Syrup - recipe here!
Some recipes might call for fresh berries, while others might work better with a frozen berries - like a smoothie, so be sure to check with your recipe on which will work better. Next time you make a yogurt parfait with blueberries don't forget to add a bit of Paleo Sunrise Series granola!
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When buying blueberries in the grocery store you might have noticed there is only a single variety commercially available. While apples and pears have many different varieties, blueberries only have one!
The Farmers Almanac shows that their are actually 4 varieties of blueberries; the highbush, the lowbush, hybrid half-high and rabbit eye. The highbush blueberry is what is commonly grown around the world because of its ability to produce a lot of fruit and resist pests and bad weather conditions.
A few other less common berries, related to the blueberry are dewberries, huckleberries, elderberries, lingonberries, cloudberries and gooseberries.
Try our new Chef's Blend featuring Blueberries!
The very special limited edition Progress into your Day granola blend is made with dried blueberries, lemon zest and chamomile flowers for a perfectly balanced paleo breakfast! To make this blend even sweeter we are donating 5% of proceeds from this blend directly to restaurants and restaurant-adjacent small businesses (farmers, wine + beer makers, bakers, etc.) impacted by the global pandemic and/or climate change through the 86Fund.
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