Dried Blueberries are a convenient form of one of America’s most popular pie fillings. High in nutrients, antioxidants, and health benefits, blueberries are classified as a “superfruit”. Dried blueberries make a great snack and can be eaten like raisins, added to cereal, added to pancake batter, or cooked up for a pie filling or ice cream topping. Dried Blueberries keep longer too, needing no refrigeration. Blueberries are native to North America which is responsible for about 90% of the world’s blueberry production, and a quarter of the blueberries produced in North America come from Maine, making it the largest source of blueberries in the world. Although native to North America, blueberries are now grown in Australia, New Zealand, South America and Europe amoung others. There are numerous species of blueberry, and there are cultivated varieties as well as wild. While Maine is the biggest producer of cultivated blueberries, Quebec holds the trophy for wild blueberries. In the US, blueberries are grown primarily on the coasts. Some of the more notable blueberry growing states are Maine, Oregon, New Jersey, Washington, and North Carolina.
Blueberries grow on a bushy shrub. They are a pale green when young, but ripen to their deep purple blue color. Blueberries contain many nutrients, are one of the most powerful antioxidant fruits, and may have anti-cancer properties. Some studies also indicate that they may help fight the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimers Disease. Other benefits include lowered stroke damage, urinary tract health, and blood pressure control. Dried Blueberries are also high in fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
Native to North America, dried blueberries were very popular with Native Americans. Some tribes revered the fruit, one of only a few available native fruits. The berries, flowers, leaves and roots were all used for medicine. Various parts of the plant made an excellent tea, were used to treat coughs, and were also used as a flavoring for jerky. Early settlers from England were taught by the Native people to gather berries and dry them for winter. Dried blueberries became an integral part of the settlers diet. Today blueberries are avaiable dried, freeze dried, frozen, flash frozen, canned, juiced, powdered and in many other forms.
Dried Blueberries Facts:
1. Dried blueberries were popular with Native Americans
2. Blueberries are native to North America
3. North America produces about 90% of the World’s blueberries
4. One of only a few fruits native to North America
5. One of the few true blue foods
6. Berries are green and turn deep purple-blue when ripe
7. Dried blueberries have many health benefits
8. Grown in several states
9. Dried blueberries are high in vitamin C