Nutritional and health benefits of blueberries about blueberries the blueberry plant is native to North America though today it is grown worldwide the plant is a perennial the berries starred off a pale greenish color change to reddish purple while ripening and become deep blue to dark purple when fully ripe ripe berries also have a silver to blue sheen called the bloom which indicates they are fresh the sheen cannot be washed off with water and stays on the bury for about 78 days after they are harvested the sheen or bloom protects the berries from the harsh ways of the sun nutritional benefits blueberries contain a wide array of nutrients especially micronutrients and high levels of manganese vitamin be six city E. Kay and fiber they are rich source of antioxidants including into CNN’s flavor know it’s beta carotene phenolic compounds and ally chick acid health benefits of blueberries blueberries are low in calories just 83 calories in 145 g of the fruit studies indicate blueberries breakdown fats the Fido chemicals like campus unions flavor mills tannins and dress virtual in blueberries may help to reduce the risk of cancer and inflammation they are also believed to help in reducing effects of Alzheimer’s disease and generally age related changes blueberries may help treat urinary tract infections maintain normal blood pressure reduce cholesterol and heart disease risk improve memory and control depression blueberries have a low glass Emmitt index regular consumption of blueberries has been shown to increase night vision provide faster at climate is a shim the darkness and facilitate faster restoration of vision after exposure to bright light blueberries provide relief from both diarrhea and constipation organically grown blueberries have been found to have higher levels of total antioxidants and and the CNN content blueberry juice consumption has been found to improve the memory function in older adults who faced early memory decline new evidence suggests that blue beret consumption reduces the damage to muscles due to over exercise types of blueberry plants these are mainly of three types of blueberry plant hi bush the plant can grow to a height of 12 feet when uncultivated but stays around 4 to 7 feet when cultivated blueberries from this variety are the most commonly available in the grocery stores loan bush this is the wild blueberry plant growing to a height of 12 feet the berry of this plant is smaller than the berry of the high bush plant these blueberries are mainly used in processed foods the abbot I these grow up to 20 feet in height but on cultivation remain at a height of 410 feet selection and storage blueberries that are firm to touch smooth skinned and purple to blow black in color should be bought when buying frozen blueberries ensure that the berries move freely in the container and are not clomping or is their water in the container to store fresh blueberries remove any soft crushed or moldy ones and do not wash before storing they can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week to 10 days about blueberries how to freeze blueberries take dry blueberries but do not wash them arrange the in a single layer in a tray on butter paper and put them in the freezer once the berries are frozen transfer them to a plastic bag and ceo airtight freezing does not affect the nutrient value of the antioxidant and the CNN and verse lay cooking blueberries cooking may change the color of blueberries lemon juice and vinegar can turn the berries reddish due to their acid content or alkaline foods like baking soda may turn their caller greenish blue in cakes muffins and scones batter stir in fresh or frozen blueberries last uses of blueberries blueberries can be eaten fresh frozen or processed as juice puree dried for use in jams jellies pies muffins cakes scones cheese cereals and snacks a wine is also prepared from blueberry fresh blueberries provide the highest nutritional benefits blue beret cake recipe cake ingredients 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup margarine or butter softened one egg 1/2 cup milk 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries do not thaw topping ingredients 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup margarine or butter 1/4 cup chopped walnuts optional preparing heat oven to 350° greased and floured 10 inches two and Cayenne in medium bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour baking powder and salt set aside in large bowl beat sugar and 1/4 cup margarine until light and fluffy add egg and beat well alternately add dry ingredients and milk to sugar mixture beating well after teach addition to spread 2/3 batter into greased and floured pan top with blueberries pour the remaining batter on top and spread evenly in medium bowl combine 1/3 cup flour brown sugar and cinnamon using pastry blender or fork cut in 1/4 cup margarine until mixture is crumbly stir in nuts and sprinkle mixture over batter bake at 350° for approximately 55 minutes to 1 hour or until golden brown cool 10 minutes and remove from pan crumb topping ingredients 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine melted butter ingredients 2 cups to sifted flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup butter 3/4 cup sugar one egg 1/2 cup milk 2 cups blueberries preparing three heat the oven to 375° F grease muffin cups or line with paper liners to make the topping combine the sugar flour and cinnamon in a small bowl drizzle the melted butter over the mixture and combine with a fork or your fingers and till it forms crumbs set aside to make the batter sift together the flower baking powder and salt and set aside in a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar and beat until fluffy beat in the egg then add the milk gradually beating after teach addition and the batter mixture a small quantity at a time beating after teach addition beat until smooth told the blueberries into the batter stirring gently by hand until they are evenly distributed spoon the mixture into muffin tins and sprinkle each cake with a little crumb topping