With a Little Help from Chile, Blueberries Stay Fresh All Winter!
Blueberries are delicious, nutritious and versatile. They’re naturally fat-free, high in vitamin C and a powerful antioxidant. We love them in cereals, salads, sauces, as toppings and by the handful, but when winter comes around many people assume fresh blueberry season is over.
Not so fast. When the snow flies across Canada, it’s summer in Chile! Thanks to a robust South American fruit industry, we get to enjoy fresh blueberries year round, with Chilean blueberries in-market from November through March.
With such creative usage ideas as blueberry chia pudding, blueberry chicken chopped salad and chocolate blueberry superfood bark, blueberries offer something for just about every meal and snack occasion.
The popularity of blueberries has soared in recent years, driven by their impressive nutritional resume. One half-cup of blueberries contains just 42 calories. These little blue dynamos pack in fiber, potassium, Vitamin C and more cancer-fighting antioxidants than either wine or green tea. Recent studies also show that fresh blueberries can help keep skin looking younger, help prevent dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease, and serve as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Here’s the skinny on blueberry nutrition:
For a look at the country behind Chilean blueberries, as well as some of the other fresh fruits grown in Chile, watch this short video.