Blueberry Facts

To freeze blueberries:  Do not wash first.  Pour into zippered freezer  bag and put
in freezer. Washing the fruit before freezing can make the berries tough.  I just
rinse them before using.  If you choose to wash berries before freezing, make
sure they are dry before freezing.  I also double bag them to protect against
freezer burn.  (You will often read that you should freeze blueberries on a cookie
sheet and then pour into freezing containers.  For some reason, these articles
want to make more work for you.   There is no reason to freeze blueberries on a
cookie sheet.  They freeze like marbles if you just pour them into a zippered bag
and freeze.)

Blueberries are nutritional powerhouses.  Not only are they packed with vitamin C and
fiber, but recent studies rank blueberries over all other fruits and vegetables as a source
of antioxidants that may help guard against cancer, heart disease and age-related illnesses.

According to  Tufts University researchers, blueberries are so powerful in retarding aging
in animals that they can block brain changes leading to decline and even reverse failing
memory.  How much?  The human equivalent used in animal studies:  1/2 cup of frozen or
fresh blueberries a day.

Researchers at Rutgers University have identified a compound in blueberries that
promotes urinary tract health and reduces the risk of infection.

Scientists at the University of California say blueberries may reduce the build-up of  so
called “bad” cholesterol that contributes to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

1 cup of blueberries has: only  80 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 0
sodium, 19 grams carbohydrates.