Sunday, July 9, 2017

Blueberries:


            We’re getting near that time when we will start seeing “Blueberries for Sale” signs dotting US 31.
            Finally, something in the “fruit” arena we can claim as our own, and not coming from Europe, or some other part of the globe; in fact we didn’t share these tasty orbs with Europe until they 1930’s.


            Easy to know when to pick: if they’re dark blue, go for it, anything lighter in color leave it for later.

            Not so easy to grow: You need very acidic soil, down in the 4.5’s; and a high water table. You can try and create this environment by watering and amending the soil with peat moss, pine needles, and Iron Salphate, but it will need to monitored to maintain this acidic level.

            If you can grow them you’ll have a virtual organic pharmacy right outside your window.

            Blueberries are very low in calories, you can pop a bunch without popping out a bunch.

            Blueberries are among the highest in anti-oxidants.  

            Altogether, these anti-oxidant chemical compounds in the blueberry helps rid  harmful oxygen-derived free radicals from the body, and thereby, protect the human body against cancers, aging, degenerative diseases, and infections.

            Studies have shown these berries help lower blood sugar levels and control blood-glucose levels in type-II diabetes mellitus condition.

            Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E, of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors to help the body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

            Lastly, if you could pack anymore good stuff into such a small little fruit, they contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.
Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation

            And you thought it was just a tasty snack!

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