Van Dyk News & Announcements // Jun 10, 2013
The wild side of the blueberry family
When you think about blueberries, you probably think they're all more or less the same. They're round, they're blue, and they taste awesome. That's true - but there are a lot of differences between wild and cultivated blueberries!
The Wild Blueberries website has a ton of information about wild blueberries and how they differ from their cultivated cousins. Here are a few interesting facts about the wild side of the blueberry family:
- Wild blueberries grow exclusively in Maine, Atlantic Canada, and Quebec.
- Wild blueberries are not planted. Underground runners, called rhizomes, spread underground, causing wild berry patches to spread.
- Wild blueberries contain more antioxidants and have a greater antioxidant capacity per serving than cultivated berries.
- They taste sweeter and are more flavourful.
- Wild blueberries are smaller and more compact.
- They hold their shape, texture, and colour better in baking and manufacturing.
- They freeze better: wild blueberries maintain their fresh-berry qualities for more than two years. Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh and may retain their nutritional value longer, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
Wild blueberries are primarily harvested in the late summer. Van Dyk's juice uses 100% pure wild blueberries, a terrific and convenient way to benefit from this antioxidant powerhouse all year round. However, you can also reap the benefits of blue by eating fresh or frozen berries throughout the seasons. Enjoy!