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Blueberry Storage Tips
(from the NYS Berry Growers Association)
  • Store fresh berries in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
  • Tray freeze berries, one layer deep
  • After frozen, bag and freeze
  • Properly frozen blueberries will hold quality up to 2 years
  • Rinse frozen and fresh berries just before using

Good News for Blueberry Lovers

Blueberries have long been prized as a great tasting fruit. But did you know just how nutritious they are?
  • low in calories (1 cup = 90 calories)
  • high in fiber
  • good source of vitamin C (1 cup supplies 1/3 of the daily adult requirement)
  • good source of potassium
  • contains vitamin A, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, calcium and iron
  • low in sodium
  • fat-free
Recently even better news came out concerning our favorite berry. The USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging put blueberries on the top of the list of 40 fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants which have been shown effective in fighting the aging process and many associated diseases.

More Good News for Blueberry Lovers

Blueberries were listed in Jean Carper's Eat Smart column (USA Weekend Magazine, July 2-4, 1999), as one of the top ten foods that will help you live longer.

Here is the complete list:

  • tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • red grapes
  • nuts
  • whole grain
  • salmon
  • blueberries
  • garlic
  • spinach
  • tea
Why are blueberries on this list? Well, according to Tufts University researchers, blueberries are one of the foods highest in antioxidants. They found that blueberries are so powerful in slowing the aging process in animals, that they can block brain changes leading to decline and even reverse failing memory. The human equivalent used in the animal studies is a half-cup of frozen or fresh blueberries a day.

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