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22 Appetizing Facts About Blueberries

Blueberries are tasty, nutritious, and one of the most popular fruits on the planet. It is believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels among all common fruits and vegetables. The main antioxidant compounds in blueberries belong to a family of polyphenols antioxidants called flavonoids.

  1. The scientific name of blueberries is Cyanococcus.
  2. Blueberries are one of the fruits that are native to North America and are eaten here from centuries.
  3. The North American blueberry season and harvest runs from the month of April to late September.
  4. Blueberries were first introduced to Netherland, Germany, and Sweden in the 1930s, and since that it spread to numerous other countries of Europe. In Australia, it was first introduced in the 1970s.
  5. Blueberries have plenty of antioxidants and are considered to top the charts in terms of antioxidants among 40 major fruits.
  6. If you refrigerate blueberries, it may last 10 to 14 days.
  7. Blueberries are not actually blue but are purple in color. It gets this color because of anthocyanin present in it, which is a type of pigment.
  8. If you consume one cup of blueberries daily, it may improve your cardiovascular health, can reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity.
  9. Eating too much of blueberries can cause heartburn, diarrhea, reflux bloating and can also shoot sugar in people who have diabetes.
  10. The fruit is excellent in Vitamin C and is good to consume at night as it improves blood flow and strengthens your blood vessels.
  11. This purple fruit also acts as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. It also has antiviral properties and helps to block toxins from crossing the blood-brain barrier to gain access to the brain.
  12. Blueberries are used to make as natural blue dye. In the ancient colonies of North America, people use to boil blueberries with milk to make grey paint.
  13. The United States is the biggest producer of this fruit in the world. In the year 2016, the country produced 690 million pounds of this sweet fruit.
  14. The United States is also the biggest importer of blueberries. The import of blueberries almost tripled from 54,022 tonnes in 2003 to 148 517 tonnes in 2012.
  15. The tree of blueberry grows slowly and takes around ten years to fully mature and start giving yield.
  16. A single blueberry tree can produce an average of around five to seven pints of fresh, sweet blueberries per plant each summer.
  17. There are five major varieties of blueberry grown in the United States: half-high, lowbush, northern highbush, southern highbush, and rabbiteye. Of these, northern highbush blueberry varieties are the most common types of blueberries and are cultivated worldwide.
  18. Blueberry trees grow about 4 to 13 feet in height.
  19. Blueberries are also used to make a healthy and delicious win.
  20. July 11th is celebrated as National Blueberry Muffin Day in the United States. April 28th is celebrated as blueberry pie day.
  21. Blueberries are very good for eyes as it protects against age-related eyes degradation. The British air-force use to have bilberry in World War 2 before night mission thinking it improve night visibility, and somehow they were not wrong.
  22. Blueberry is also known to improve memory and fine motor skills.

Nutrition Facts of Blueberries

Here are the nutrition facts about for one cup of Blueberries.

  • Energy (calories): 84
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Protein: 1.1 grams
  • Fat: 0.49 grams
  • Carbohydrate: 21.45 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Sugars: 14.74 g
  • Calcium: 9 milligrams (mg)
  • Iron: 0.41 mg
  • Potassium: 114 mg
  • Magnesium: 9mg
  • Phosphorus: 18 mg
  • Zinc: 0.24 mg
  • Folate: 9 mg

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