Blueberries are delicious and one of the top berries for health. At the end of August, they are harvested in the northern climes and rocky terrain and are gathered wild. Even though they can be expensive you should treat yourself to the superior health benefits and taste of wild blueberries. That gorgeous rich blue/purple/red colour means they are just brimming with vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Blueberries, and especially wild blueberries (that are even a greater powerhouse of nutrients,) are a source of phenolic compounds which add a significant anti-cancer element to the little blue darlings. In August the wild ones are available in many grocery stores but may make you raise your eyebrows when you see the price. But, if possible, treat yourself- those little berries are such a gift because they are so tasty and so good for you!
- Improves circulation
- Reduces DNA damage
- May lower blood pressure
- Improves brain function and memory
- Anthocyanins help against diabetes
- Like cranberries, blueberries help fight urinary infection
- Promotes eye wellness
Tasty Blueberry Sauce
This delicious and easy-to-make sauce can also be used with cultivated blueberries when the wild blueberry picking season is done. Halve the recipe if you couldn’t wait and have already eaten most of them. Customize if you want it sweeter or thicker.
2 cups wild or cultivated blueberries
1/4 cup cold water
1/2-3/4 cup of sugar (to taste)
3/4 cup of orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2-3 tbsp of cornstarch (for desired thickness)
1/4 cup of cold water
dash of salt
good dash of cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
1) Combine first five ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring it to a low boil over a low/medium heat. Stir.
2) Combine the cold water with cornstarch and whisk to make a slurry.
3) Gently stir into the blueberry mixture and incorporate and continue to watch/stir until mixture comes to a light rolling simmer and is thickened.(Add a little water if too thick).
4) Turn heat off and add cinnamon and vanilla.
Note: To make it extra special add a tablespoon of seedless raspberry jam or an ounce of port wine.
This sauce works so very well with pancakes, waffles, ice cream, and cheesecakes.
P.S. There’s been some debate over whether blueberries retain their health benefits after cooking. Some studies show that although some of the polyphenols may decrease during cooking, others look like they increase. To be sure- they say- don’t cook at too high a temperature or for too long.
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