General information blue berries
The blue berry (Vaccinium corymbosum) is a fruit-bearing shrub with a height of 1.5 to 2.5 meters. The blueberry is often mistakenly referred to as blueberry. However, the blueberry is a different species (Vaccinium myrtillus). The leaves turn to red in the autumn.
The blueberry blooms in bunches with a big difference in flowering between the first and last flower in the bunch. The flower is white cream to pink in color. The flowering is in the first half of May. Due to this early flowering, night frost damage can occur.There are cultivars that can withstand this. Although the blueberry pollinates itself, cross-pollination leads to more and bigger fruits.
The blueberry is pollinated by bumblebee and bees. The blue color of the berries ‘gives off’, the mouth can become bluish, but also clothing etc.
The blueberry is originally from the northeast of the United States. Man has bred the blueberry by selection and crossing. Most cultivars come from the United States, but there are also German cultivars, for example.
Blueberries super healthy
Full of flavor and with a firm bite; blueberries are not to resist! But they are also very good for you! That tasty and healthy berry (t) go together, the blue berry proves.
The sweet berry is packed with antioxidants, which research has shown that they not only anti-inflammatory and cholesterol reducing, but also protect against various diseases, of which cancer is the most prominent.
Blueberries also have a beneficial effect on blood circulation, on the heart and blood vessels, on the liver and gallbladder. They hardly contain fat or sodium and ensure good digestion. The large amount of vitamins, fibers and minerals in blueberries neutralize the so-called ‘free radicals’, which are known to cause all kinds of diseases and ailments.