Blueberries are delicious healthy fruits that show late in May and usually produce throughout the summer.
Even though they are great for your health, they are not nutrients so you can’t really get much vitamins and minerals from them.
The color of the fruit depends on their phytonutrients. The darker the fruit is, the more it is rich in these compounds. Still, this is not a general rule applied to every fruit or vegetable; the garlic is in plain white color but it is still very rich in phytonutrients.
Blueberries are low in calories, but contain fiber, vitamin C and are very rich in various antioxidants which are important for maintaining a healthy body since they fight free radicals.
The phytonutrients in the blueberries will protect you heart from diseases and will improve your brain function.
Blueberries contain anthocyanins, hydroxycinnamic acids, hydroxybenzoic acids, and flavonols – phytonutrients that are great antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that will protect you from chronic diseases. They will also help protect your eyes.
Here is how you can consume them and get the most of their benefits:
Blueberries won’t last long after you pick them. So, to preserve their healthy properties, you can either freeze them or cook them. According to some researches, frozen blueberries at home are better than the store-bough ones.
Frozen blueberries can keep their healthy properties up to six months.
To flash-freeze them, the first step is to wash them. Then, place them on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer and then transfer them into a bag. If you put them in the bag then in the freezer immediately after washing, they’ll clump together.
You can also dust your blueberries with vitamin C or pectin powder before freezing, which will help extend their freezer life and slow oxidation!
By cooking the blueberries, you will increase the phytonutrients that you receive from them. The cooking will break down different chemicals that can hinder your absorption of phytonutrients, so heating blueberries can help you to absorb more of them.
Whether they are fresh, cooked or frozen, blueberries are great superfood that should be included in your diet as soon as possible.