Blueberries: Fountain of Youth

| 8/10/2010 6:30:19 PM

Tags: blueberries, health benefits of blueberries, growing blueberries, foods you can make with blueberries, Bill Hakanson,

Blueberry season came early this year in northwest Pennsylvania…probably because April was the hottest on record – with many days in the 80s. As usual, we made the most of it. 

blueberriesBlueberries are also called moonberries because of the grey hue they reveal when ready to pick. 

We have 25 mature high bush plants and 25 starters. Mostly from the mature bushes, we gleaned 150 quarts or 225 pounds of this delicious fruit. 

Since there is no way we can consume all these blueberries, we off load our excess to friends, neighbors, at the local farmers market, and wholesale through local meat market/convenience stores. 

This great fruit is full of fiber and known as the best antioxidant out there. Antioxidants help prevent heart disease and cancer, reduce blood pressure and slow the effects of aging. Antioxidants are naturally occurring compounds and protect the body from harmful, excess free radicals, sweeping them up before they can cause damage.

Once the berries start coming, we have them in some form every day…mostly fresh on cereal. However, they freeze well and thereby can be consumed throughout the year.

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