I am in hot pursuit of blueberry season! Suddenly, all around me the dark skies have parted, and the sunshine is pouring in! Blueberries fields all through Port Coquitlam and the Lower Mainland are ripening!
This is one of my favorite times of year!
We all know that blueberries are good. Delicious in fact. They make pancakes better, cereal better & yogurt better! That’s just for breakfast!!!
They are not just delicious (cause they are!) but nutritious too. So good for you that Canadian Living recommends them as a nutrient-dense powerhouse with serious disease-fighting potential. That’s a lot of pow for such a small berry!
Blueberries quite simply, make life better! It’s entirely possible they could cause world peace.
Women’s Fitness has a wonderful list up on their site of the top ten health benefits of regularly eating blueberries. It’s so good, I thought I’d re post it here!
#1 Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit! Which boost up your immune system to help prevent infections.
#2 Blueberries neutralize free radicals which can effect disease and aging in the body.
#3 Blueberries are an aid in reducing belly fat. Reducing the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
#4 Blueberries help promote urinary tract health. It has a compound formed of big polymer like heavy molecules which inhibits the growth of bacterias as b-coli. These bacterias cause infection and inflammation.
#5 Blueberries have been proven to preserve your vision. Their anti oxidants are beneficial and essential for ocular health.
#6 Blueberries promote brain health. They prevent and heal neurotic disorders by preventing degeneration and death of neurons, brain cells. Restoring health of the central nervous system.
#7 Blueberries help fight heart disease! The high fibre content, the anti oxidants & the ability to dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ make blueberries an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases.
#8 Full of fibre, a handful of blueberries can help reduce constipation and improve digestion.
#9 Blueberries help fight cancer! The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry show that phenolic compounds in blueberries can inhibit colon cancer cell proliferation and induce apoptosis (programmed cell death).
#10 Blueberries also have other health benefits! They keep you fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature and in a good mood as they are very good anti depressants.
I know this time of year they are plentiful at the grocery store, walk on by those. Help out your local economy by buying from a friendly neighborhood farm. Not only is it way cheaper (cause it is!), but blueberry picking is a fun, peaceful, zen-like experience. With tall shrubs dangling their rewards up off the ground, this is not back breaking labour, or the strawberry picking of my youth. Here in the dappled shade of a blueberry field, you’re one with nature.
Just you and a bucket.
There are lots of blueberry farms in the Lower Mainland. Most with U-pick or We-pick service available. When looking for the right farm, we lean toward local, no-spray farms. At the top of my list is Julianna’s Blueberry Farm on Devon Rd in Port Coquitlam. We’ve been to visit her twice this season. The way my kids go through blueberries, I’ll likely be back at least once more.
Maybe then, some of them will make it to the freezer 🙂
Julianna’s Blueberry Farm
3495 Devon Rd, Port Coquitlam