Blueberries are one of the fruits that have the most nutritious values. They are a member of the heather family (Vaccinium spp.) and are closely related to bilberries, cranberries, and huckleberries. They are about 0.2-0.6 inches in diameter. Blueberries can vary in color from purple to blue so don’t get confused if you see a purple ‘Blue’ berry.
Additionally, different kinds of blueberries exist with the most common being lowbush and highbush blueberries.
Either eating them raw, adding them to some amazing summer desserts (as jelly or jam), or blending them up with other fruits as a smoothie, you’ll never go wrong with eating blueberries. But what nutritious values do blueberries have?
Blueberries Nutritious Values
From 100 grams or 3.5 ounces of blueberry servings, you will get the following nutritious values:
- Water: 84%
- Protein: 0.7 grams
- Carbs: 14.5 grams
- Fiber: 2.4 grams
- Calories: 57
- Fat: 0.3 grams
- Sugar: 10 grams
Additionally, they contain high amounts of a bunch of minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin K1 (known as phylloquinone), Vitamin C, and Manganese. They also contain some amounts of Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and copper.
Blueberries also contain lots of antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds like Quercetin, Myricetin, and Anthocyanins.
Unfortunately, all of the nutritious values go under the water when you can’t afford blueberries. Blueberries are very expensive since grocery stores add bigger prices for products that have more health benefits. Instead of buying them all the time, why don’t you grow them yourself? Here are some techniques and methods that might help you with the process.
Techniques to Grow Blueberries
Getting the perfect bush to grow
Do a little research before growing your blueberry garden. Depending on where you live, you need to get different kinds of blueberries. Some types grow better in humid climates and others that do well in freezing temperatures.
Finding the right kind of dirt
Rather than buying or finding quality dirt, gardeners usually skip this step and use random patches of dirt. Make sure you check the pH level of the soil before getting it. Finding soil between 4 and 5 pH is ideal. If you don’t have good soil, make sure you purchase one before planting your berries.
The right way of planting
Sunlight is a big requirement for blueberries. Plant them in a place where direct sunlight hits the berries during the day. When planting more than one bush, make sure they’re at least 5 feet apart. If you decide on planting the bushes in pots, make sure they’re 18 inches high. Blueberry bushes need about 1-2 inches of water weekly.
Protect the bushes from pests
Keeping your bushes and blueberries safe from pests such as bugs, birds, and other creatures are crucial. Adding a frame of bamboo sticks around the plant and covering it with a food-grade net should do the trick.
Trimming is required
Because blueberry bushes produce fruit for about 20 years, you’ll need to trim away dead or overgrown branches or stems every few years. After pruning it, the bush will probably not produce any berries the same year. This is why you should have multiple bushes planted and alternate the pruning between the bushes.
Picking the product at the perfect moment
Early spring is when the blueberry bushes will start producing. However, the right time to pick up the product will be in July. Don’t pick them up right after they turn blue. You should wait a few days after they reach a good enough ripeness level. After they are ripe, they will fall right from the bush into your hands.