Of the family Ericaceae, of the genus Vaccinium, the Blueberry fruit is a rounded, slightly flattened at the poles, which when mature is blue in color, and is often present a whitish coating matte.
The Blueberry requires a soil too acid for its cultivation. The fruits develop from pendulate inflorescences, and are green in the beginning, evolving into the reddish and dark blue as that increases the presence of anthocyanins during ripening. The use of various varieties such as Snow Chaser, Sharp Blue, abundance, Star and misty, which produce in Huelva area from February to July, as well as the importation from Uruguay, Chile and Argentina allows us supply markets from october to July.
The Blueberry fruit is a very appreciated in addition to its taste, its antioxidant properties, high content of vitamins and fiber. It has a low caloric value and are rich in vitamin C. as a source of fiber, improve the intestinal transit.
Highlight their amounts of potassium, calcium and iron. Tannins are astringent and action of various organic acids.
The most useful are its natural pigments, carotenoids and anthocyanins, antioxidant action as well as vitamin C. This vitamin is involved in the formation of collagen, bones and teeth, red blood cells and promotes the absorption of iron.
Potassium is necessary for the transmission and generation of the nerve impulse to the muscle activity. These substances boost our immune system and help reduce the risk of degenerative diseases, cardiovascular, and help in the prevention of cancer in addition, Blueberries contain quinico acid, a substance that is removed and acidifies the urine, so that prevents forming kidney stones of calcium phosphate.
They are ideal for combating infections and for improving blood circulation.
As fresh fruit can be eaten accompanied by cream, ice cream or pastries, juices or smoothies. It is also used to make jams, jellies, jams, syrups and is a great filling for cakes and pastries. They are also very appreciated in the preparation of sauces of kitchen or as a garnish for meat, especially game.