Scotia's Wild Blueberry
Wild Blueberries may be small, but medical research
shows they pack a big whallup healthwise. Read on to find out
just a few of the health giving benefits of Nova Scotia's 'vision
According to researchers, the blueberry has emerged as a very
powerful food in the aging battle. Given the possibility that
blueberries may reverse short-term memory loss and forestall other
effects of aging, their potential may be very great.
Flavanoids, the natural substances responsible for giving blueberries
their deep-blue color also inhibit an enzyme that is involved
in promoting cancer. Of the fruits tested, Wild Blueberries showed
the greatest anti-cancer activity.
Journal of Food Science, Vol. 65, No. 2, 2000.
1 quart of blueberries
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water
Put berries, sugar and water in a pot and boil gently until
there is plenty of juice.
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon shortning
1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk
Sift flour, salt, sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Cut
in the butter and shortning and add enough milk to make
a soft biscuit dough. Drop by spoonfuls on the simmering
blueberries. Cover with a tight fitting lid and don't peak
for 15 minutes. Serve hot. Mmmm.....
Blueberries (and cranberries) prevent infection help promote urinary
tract health according to findings by researchers. Rutgers scientist
Amy Howell, Ph.D, says that blueberries & cranberries, contain
compounds that prevent the bacteria responsible for urinary tract
infections from attaching to the bladder wall.
New England Journal of Medicine , October 8, 1998; Volume 339,
Number 15; "Inhibition of the Adherence of P-Fimbriated Escherichia
coli to Uroepithelial-Cell Surfaces by Proanthocyanidin Extracts
In Japan, where sales of berries and Wild Blueberry
nutraceutical products have gone wild, our humble wild blueberry
is known as the "Vision Fruit"
Blueberries may help prevent a leading cause of blindness. Wild
Blueberries have very high concentrations of anthocyanin, a natural
compound linked with many health benefits including reducing eyestrain
and improving night vision.
USDA studies have ranked blueberries #1 in antioxidant activity
and research is underway on the ability of blueberries to prevent
macular degeneration, a disease of the retina and the leading
cause of blindness in people over age 65.
Besides all that, blueberries taste great! Time worn favorites
like Blueberry pie, muffins or pancakes, blueberry wine and our
'not so famous' Blueberry Grunt are delicious and good for what
ails you. The big bonus, if you're along the Eastern Shore, is
that blueberries are free for the picking!