The berries are sweetest when they are fully coloured and then stay attached to the shrub for three more days. It is then that they are the most easy to pick. They can be stored for a week in a shallow dish when they are kept cool. If you want to store them longer, you can also freeze them.
As we age, our bodies produce ‘free radicals.’ These are unstable molecules that damage our cells and DNA. They are associated with cancer, heart diseases and ageing. Every day, the cells in our bodies fight these ‘free radicals.’ Antioxidants help our cells in this fight. Compared to other fruits, blueberries are extremely rich in antioxidants. Furthermore, they contain a lot of vitamin C, vitamin A and B, minerals and trace elements.
Several studies have shown that blueberries are extremely healthy; they:
- are extremely rich in antioxidants;
- protect us against heart diseases and the formation of certain cancers;
- slow the ageing process;
- maintain our short-term memory;
- reduce the risk of urinary tract infections;
- improve digestion;
- improve our sight and help with tired eyes.