Are your blueberries wild ?
Here’s why they’re different
For generations, Maine families have nurtured these wild berries that boast an intense blueberry taste; ranging from tangy tartness to succulent sweetness. Wild blueberries are frozen fresh and loaded with 33% more brain-healthy anthocyanins than ordinary blueberries. Their smaller size means twice the berries – and twice the antioxidants – in every bite. When buying blueberries, make sure to look for the little ones that pack a ton of taste.
Wild Blueberries have:
Thousands of naturally occurring diverse plants in every field combine to create a potent and complex flavor ranging from tangy tartness to succulent sweetness that ordinary blueberries can’t match.
33% more brain healthy anthocyanins and 2x the antioxidant capacity of ordinary blueberries makes wild blueberries the berry healthy bodies and brains crave.
Smaller wild blueberries offer a higher skin-to-pulp ratio; meaning less water and more antioxidant-rich pigments, more fiber, and more intense blueberry flavor per serving.
As 1 of 3 native North American fruits, wild blueberries are never planted. They grow wild in the thin glacial soils and harsh northern climate of Maine – the very same place where Mother Nature put them more than 10,000 years ago.
Harvested at the peak of Maine summer, 99% of the wild blueberry crop is frozen fresh within 24 hours ensuring all the taste and health benefits are ready for you in the frozen fruit section of the grocery store.
By propagating a select few genetically narrow varieties, growers produce a blueberry of consistent size, with a blander flavor than the naturally more complex wild flavor profile.
Like the wild ones, ordinary blueberries contain phytochemicals called flavonoids, which deliver antioxidant protection to your cells. But if you want the biggest antioxidant bang for your blueberry, go wild!
Larger uniform berries have more watery pulp, which means less antioxidant-rich pigments from the skin, less fiber and less intense flavor per serving.
Ordinary blueberries come from several highbush variety plants that are propagated and planted in many places around the world by man.
Fresh ordinary blueberries are often picked before fully ripe and shipped thousands of miles after harvest, only to wait around for weeks before hitting store shelves.
The harsher the environment, the more potent the protection.
These phytochemicals provide wild blueberries with antioxidant protection against the stress caused by intense sunlight and rigorous growing conditions. It’s the reason why wild blueberries have higher anthocyanin content than ordinary blueberries. So when you eat wild blueberries, you gain the extra antioxidant protection of a hardy, wild fruit. It’s the reason wild blueberries are the ultimate antioxidant superfruit—10,000 years in the making.
Superfood for healthy living
Having been grown in Maine for over 10,000 years, wild blueberries are known to be one of America’s oldest indigenous crops. And when it comes to heart health and cancer prevention, healthy eating advocates say this delicious little fruit can make a big impact. Here’s why the TODAY show is wild about Wild Blueberries!
Wild Blueberries & Cancer Protection
Mary Ann Lila, PhD, Director, Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State University, explained “why wild plants can help protect you from cancer,” on a recent edition of the Dr. Oz Show. Read what Dr. Lila, a member of the Bar Harbor Group of research scientists, says about wild blueberries and cancer protection here.