Drinks that Contain Canadian Wild Blueberries: Nova Scotia Edition

Fall is the perfect season to crave wild blueberries. So, here is a list of some local Nova Scotia products that are both non-alcoholic and alcoholic for you to enjoy.

Wild Blueberry Soda

Chill Street Craft Beverages

 

This non-aclcoholic soda is made with 100% Nova Scotia wild blueberry juice from Millen Farms. Not only is this soda caffeine-free but it’s gluten-friendly and made with no artificial colours.

Do your kids ask for “sodas” on the weekends, well if so, this is the soda product you should be reaching for.

Wild Thing- Blueberry Sangria

Chill Street Craft Beverages

Looking for something that has alcohol from Chill Street? Well, this is the perfect fall sangria for you. Wild thing has the bold fruity taste of sangria in the convince of a can. And is also made with 100% Nova Scotia wild blueberries.

Suggested food pairings with the sangria is corn!

Press Wild Blueberries- Sparkling

Viveau

Looking for something more refreshing? Try the Viveau sparkling juice. The blueberries contained in this drink are from Oxford, Nova Scotia. And don’t forget that Oxford is the Wild Blueberry capital of Canada.

 

Blue Lobster Wild Blueberry Lemon Vodka Soda

Nova Scotia Spirit Co.

Blue Lobster Blueberry Lemon Vodka Soda

Looking for something light and contains alcohol? This vodka soda is made with 100% Nova Scotia wild blueberries. Not only do you get the delicious sweet taste of blueberries but this drink also has a hint of lemon. Giving you all the refreshing tastes you need.

Gluten free and made with all natural flavours, you can’t go wrong with this one.

 

Wild Blueberry Juice

Van Dyk’s

This juice has 100% wild blueberries in every drop. Every bottle is packed with polyphenols, antioxidants and anthocyanins. In other words, this is a juice you will want to drink every morning.

Not to mentions each bottle has over 2000 wild blueberries which means there’s no room to add in anything else.

Switch out your other juices in your fridge and make sure you have this on on hand.

 

And there is your fall guide to enjoying Nova Scotia blueberry drinks. There is something everyone can enjoy on this list, while highlighting the amazing Nova Scotian wild blueberry products.

Canadian Wild Blueberries: What Happens to the Wild Blueberry?

If you’re like us, you’re probably curious about how harvest season looks for wild blueberry producers. When farmers are harvesting corn, wheat, oats or canola, they use combines with specific headers (and settings) for each type of crop. Apple pickers are often hired for harvest to hand pick apples, careful to not bruise them, and then they are sorted by shape, size and quality. Other berries are harvested by shaking the branches and using a hand held rake for the stragglers, allowing the fruit to drop to the ground which is covered with a tarp. 

How are Canadian Wild Blueberries Harvested?

 

While the wild blueberry used to be picked by hand or by using a small, hand-held rake, harvest has significantly changed for many producers over the last couple of decades. 90-95% of growers now use a mechanical harvester which is mounted to a tractor. These harvesters have rotating rakes that pull the berries from the branches, drop them onto a belt, and then drops them into large totes. 

             

 

Fact: Each tote can hold around 300 pounds of berries

 

Approximately only 1-2% of wild blueberry producers still use the more traditional method of hand-raking the wild blueberries off of the brush. There are also smaller mechanical harvesters, as well. These can be pushed, or have push rakes that are mounted onto smaller machines, and are often used on smaller farms. 

What Happens after They Are Picked?

 

Depending on the size of operation, there are different ways that producers go about handling their produce for Individual Quick Freezing (IQF). Most producers ensure that once the totes have been filled, they are loaded onto a flatbed trailer and brought to a receiving station. Here, they are weighed and loaded into a transport truck. These trucks will bring the berries to the processing plant, where they go through a series of events to prepare them for the individual quick freezing process. Note: some producers skip the flatbed trailer all together and load their berries directly into the transport truck for the delivery to the processing station. 

 

Once the berries arrive at the processing plant, they are cleaned in by going through a blower and several different water baths. To ensure quality control, they are sorted by using lasers, as well as other techniques. Once the berries have been sorted and cleaned, each and every wild blueberry is individually quick frozen. There are several different processes that the berries will then go through, depending on the processing plant, what the berries are being used for, and where they are going. In the end, the berries are then packaged and prepared to ship. For berries that are sold in the freezer section in your grocery store, most of the berries are packaged into 600 gram and 2 kilogram bags or containers. The vast majority of Canadian wild blueberries, however, are exported out of the country! 

Did you know that Japan uses wild blueberries primarily in yogurts and jams, while Germany will use Canadian wild blueberries most often in glass jars! 

What about Fresh Wild Blueberries?

 

Because fresh wild blueberries do not have a long shelf life, they are most often sold as frozen berries. But if you’re in an area during wild blueberry harvest, and you happen to get your hands on some of those small blue gems, we highly recommend doing so! The process of harvest-to-table of fresh wild blueberries is a little different. 

Once the berries are picked, they are then brought back to the shop on the local farm. They go through a similar process as their frozen counterparts, with a giant fan blowing out the debris. Then they go over a sizing belt which helps sort the berries by size and ripeness, a tilter belt that removes clusters, and then over a picking belt where workers can sort through the fruit to pull the bad ones out (note: some operations also have started using lasers to help with this sorting process). Boxes are then packed in several sizes, including pint, 5lb and 10lbs. You can find these blueberries fresh at farm markets, some local grocery stores, or roadside stands. The farms that have their own processors will often also freeze their berries, and sell them to consumers well after the harvest is over!  

We are so thankful for those who manage and harvest Canadian wild blueberries! We love those tangy little berries that are unique to our part of the world, and how versatile they are. It’s wonderful being able to use them in all types of food, throughout the year (thanks to IQF), and even other things like DIY paint and soap. 

 

What do you think? Did you know this is how the mighty wild blueberry was harvested and processed? Were there any surprises? Let us know in the comments!

U-Pick Wild Blueberries in the Maritimes

With the summer truckin’ on, we are all excitedly anticipating the wild blueberry season, which usually starts sometime in August, and goes through until September (depending on the year)! There’s nothing that quite beats the taste of fresh wild blueberries, straight from the shrub, right? While you can often find these blue gems on your adventures down trails and paths, there are also several U-Picks throughout the maritimes! 

Nova Scotia

Wild Blueberry U-Pick

Location: 1 km north on the Upper Clyde Road Clyde River, NS, Canada
Phone: (902) 637-8322
Check out their website HERE

 

Glenhill Berry Farm

Location: Hwy #7, North Lochaber, NS
Phone: 902-783-2787 or Email: staylor@stfx.ca.
You can find more information HERE

 

BeeCee Farms Wild Blueberries

Location: 172 New France, Afton Rd. Antigonish, NS
Phone: (902) 863-2047
Watch for updates and information HERE

 

 

Wild Blueberry Health Benefits

 

New Brunswick

Trueman Blueberry Farms

Location: 255 Etter Ridge Road, Aulac Sackville, NB
Phone: (506) 364-7458
Check out their website HERE

 

Sunset U-Pick

Location: 49 Ferris street, Fredericton, NB
Phone: 506-459-3183
To learn more about Sunset U-Pick, click HERE

 

Michel Ross

Location: 3252 Route 135, Trudel, NB
Phone: 506-764-3533
There is no website for this farm, so you’ll want to call for all the updates!

Prince Edward Island

Blue Acre Farms 

Location: 15623 Route 14 Tignish, PE
Phone: (902) 882-3410
To watch for updates and get more information, click HERE

 

The McCardle’s Berry Patch

Location: 11860 St Peters Rd Tracadie Cross PE
Phone: (902) 676-2945
Check out their page for more information! You can find it HERE

 

Woodingtons Blueberry U-Pick

Location: 539 Route 104 Kensington, PE
Phone: (902) 836-5305
Click the link HERE to find out more information! 

 

 

Strawberries are great, apples are delicious, and picking your own pumpkin can be a blast. But we think there’s nothing quite like picking a bucket full of fresh wild blueberries! 

 

Have another u-pick in mind that you don’t see listed here? Drop a comment below and help us update this list! 

 

 

 

 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Canadian Wild Blueberries

It’s no surprise that wild blueberries have a big following. They are a versatile little super fruit, heavily packed with nutrients, vitamins and fibre. But there is more to the wild blueberry than meets the eye. Here are 5 fun facts that you may not have already known! 

1. Finding fresh wild blueberries is tricky and can only be done during a short growing season. 

Wild blueberries are not known for their fresh shelf life. In fact, the vast majority of wild blueberries are actually frozen using a special method called Individually Quick Frozen. The berries are collected and then frozen within 24 hours of being harvested. This method of freezing them individually ensures that they retain their superfruit qualities and provide the same intense nutrition that they would if they were fresh! 

 

2. Canadian wild blueberries are sold around the world. 

It’s true! Canadian wild blueberries can be found in products and in freezers around the world! In fact, Canada alone produces over 300 million pounds of wild blueberries a year, with a good majority of those berries being exported. 

 

3. Canadian wild blueberries come in all kinds of forms. 

While many people love to eat wild blueberries straight from the branches, people have transformed the wild blueberry into different forms for all kinds of uses. Among these include pure wild blueberry juices, syrups, powders, dried (both chewy and crunchy), freeze dried, and more! 

 

4. Wild blueberries and cultivated blueberries are different! 

The saying “an apple is an apple” is not true – either in the case of apples OR in the case of blueberries! While all blueberries are good for you, wild blueberries are known to have a more intense flavour profile, and are higher in anthocyanins and antioxidants than their highbush cousins. The other main difference between the two blueberry families is the way that they are grown. Cultivated blueberries are grown on bushes that can grow incredibly tall, and are planted by producers. Wild blueberries, or low bush blueberries, are grown on bushes that are no higher than your knee, and sprawl along the ground. These grow in the wild, and aren’t planted by producers. 

 

5. The wild blueberry has a dedicated following of consumers. 

We aren’t kidding when we say people love their wild blueberries. In Canada alone, there are at least 5 different festivals that are dedicated to the Canadian wild blueberry! We love that so many people love wild blueberries, because we do too! If you’re interested in participating in one of the wild blueberry festivals in Canada, take a peek at this post all about it! 

 

Tell us – what surprised you most? We love to hear your feedback, so drop it in the comments below! 

Canadian Wild Blueberry Festivals You’ll Want to Check Out

We love the wild blueberry, and we’re not alone! Many people love them because of their versatility, their vibrant taste, and the mega health benefits that they give. The Canadian wild blueberry industry provides jobs to thousands of people across the country. We think it should be celebrated, and others agree! 

 

We’ve compiled a [growing] list of wild blueberry festivals that can be found across Canada. 

 

Prince Edward Island

St. Peters Wild Blueberry Festival

http://www.stpetersblueberryfestival.com/

A week long festival with many events and activities. Usually runs at the end of July. 

 

New Brunswick

Granite Town Wild Blueberry Festival 

https://www.facebook.com/GraniteTownWildBlueberryFestival

A week long celebration of all things St. George, NB. This town also known for its large blueberry! 

 

Nova Scotia

Wild Blueberry Fest

https://www.wildblueberryfest.com/

A two week celebration throughout the central region of Nova Scotia!

 

 Quebec

Festival Du Bleuet 

https://www.festivaldubleuet.com/

This festival is located in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Québec and runs for a week long. 

 

Saskatchewan 

St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Festival

https://blueberryfest.ca/?fbclid=IwAR1zZ78nOVskbSiA2U1mbq3Dhpy-Qpm1DVRDG2U-cmAMok8Oxmd8X8wU19g

Located in St. Walburg, Sask, this festival is held the 4th Saturday of August each year. 

 

 

Have you ever visited any of these festivals? Do you know of others that we haven’t listed? We want to hear from you! Drop us a line in the comment section below! 

 

*Disclaimer: due to the nature of the pandemic, some of these festivals may not be running in 2021. Please check out their websites & social media pages for up-to-date information

7 Unique Ways to Enjoy Wild Blueberries

Do you like eating wild blueberries all year long? It can be hard to come by {affordable} fresh fruit during the colder months when fresh produce isn’t as readily available in Canada. Fresh wild blueberries are even more difficult to come by, as the season is short, and with a short shelf life, wild blueberries don’t stay fresh for long.  

Of course, our wild blueberry producers are clever. Because they know that we love our blueberries all year round, there have been some incredibly innovative ways of ensuring that we get the super fruit that we love whenever we want it! There are many different ways that wild blueberries can be enjoyed, some of which may be very surprising!

 

7 Unique Ways to Enjoy Wild Blueberries

 

Fresh: 

Obviously this is going to be first on our list. There’s nothing quite like eating wild blueberries straight from the bush. You can get wild blueberries fresh during the harvest season (typically late August to mid September) off of wild blueberry bushes, u-Pick farms, or your local grocery store. Fresh wild blueberries can be used in a large variety of ways, including baking, cooking, sauces, snacking (fresh), and so on. 

 

frozen wild blueberries

Frozen: 

If you’ve been following Canadian Wild Blueberries for any amount of time, you’ll know that frozen wild blueberries is the most accessible form. All Canadian wild blueberries are put through a process called IQF, or better known as Individually Quick Frozen, within 24 hours of being picked. This preserves their nutritional value, their colour, and taste. Many different brands throughout Canada (and around the world) carry wild blueberries that are IQF, and likely can be found in the frozen goods section of your local grocery store. 

 

Pureed: 

Did you know that wild blueberries are sold as purees? Whether canned or frozen, pureed wild blueberries are used around the world! They can be used as pure ingredients in a sorbet or ice cream, or to be used in cocktails or other drinks. Wild blueberry puree is incredibly useful, as well as being incredibly versatile. 

Juiced: 

As the heading suggests, juiced pure wild blueberries are great for drinking (did you know that wild blueberries have tannins that help prevent bladder and urinary tract infections?), being reduced into a syrup, drizzling over ice cream, or adding to sparkling water for a refreshing drink. In Nova Scotia, one of the most well-known brands of wild blueberry juice is certainly Van Dyk’s Pure Wild Blueberry Juice

 

Powdered: 

Wait, what? Yes, it’s true – you can get pure wild blueberries in a powdered form! This is incredibly handy for baking, mixes, adding to smoothies, and much more! It holds every bit of the tart and refreshing flavour that we love from the wild blueberry, while allowing for us to enjoy them in a very different way! 

 

Dried:

Most of us have heard of dried grapes (raisins), cranberries (craisins) and so on. But have you heard of dried blueberries? There are typically two different forms of dried blueberries – chewy and crunchy! Next time you’re looking for something to nibble on, ditch the chips and go for some crunchy dried wild blueberries instead! 

 

Canned:

Of course, we would be remiss if we failed to mention canned wild blueberries. It’s a great way to preserve them, ensuring you can enjoy them all year long. Canning them in water, a light syrup or even pickling them (yes, it’s true! Here’s a recipe on how to make fridge pickle wild blueberries) allows for a longer shelf life, as well as creating some variety in ways to use your wild blueberries!

 

 

As you can see, these powerful little superfruits can be enjoyed in many different ways and in every season. Why not try some of the different ways to enjoy wild blueberries today? You never know – you may find a new favourite! 

9 Uniquely Blue Gift Ideas

9 Uniquely Blue Gift Ideas

Though the traditional gift giving season may be over, that doesn’t mean gift buying is out! Whether you’re an eager beaver and are getting ahead of the crowds for next year’s holiday celebrations, or a special occasion is coming up, a gift guide is never out of style. As the Canadian Wild Blueberry Association, we love that Canadians love to support other Canadians. Did you know that by supporting businesses that use Canadian wild blueberries, you’re supporting your Canadian blueberry farmers? So we thought we would create a list of 9 Wild Blueberry Gift Ideas for you to consider during your next gift giving opportunity! 

 

Bonne Maman Jams

If you’re looking for some tasty treats to pass around at your next pandemic-approved event, Bonne Maman has created beautiful and artistic gift boxes filled with delicious jams, jellies, and compotes! These are usually quick selling, so you’d better hurry to get your hands on one before they’re gone. 

You can find these online, Costco, IGA, and other specialty shops.

Celestial Seasonings

For the tea-lovers in your life, consider Celestial Seasonings “True Blueberry Herbal Tea” – a fragrant taste of the wild blueberry that you know and love! Give it with a new mug, or the box itself with an ice cube tray, this gift can be used all year ‘round, and is an incredibly versatile product to round out your gift-giving! 

Many supermarkets (such as Walmart Supercenter, Giant Tiger, Sobeys and Superstore) carry Celestial Seasonings tea, though they may not carry the True Blueberry. Talk to your local supermarket today! 

 

Chudleigh’s

Based in Ontario, Chudleigh’s carries a mouth-watering assortment of goods. From pies to jams, salsa to cider, there is something for everyone! Currently, they are offering a Jam Holiday Gift Box (which is ON SALE right now!) that includes a jar of wild blueberry-wild raspberry jam that we’re dying to try.

As always, these can be ordered online, or you can find them at most local supermarkets including Costco, Giant Tiger, Loblaws, Wholesale Club, and more.

 

Farmer’s Dairy

Perhaps one of the best in-home date nights involve a blanket, a movie, and a bucket of ice cream. Give the gift of YUM, along with a tub of Farmer’s Oxford Blueberries and Cream Ice Cream! Made with 100% Canadian milk, and 100% Canadian Wild Blueberries, you can feel VERY sure that you’re supporting local, all the while enjoying a spoonful (or more) of delicious dairy.

Found at all major grocery retailers in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. 

 

Jamieson

That’s right, Jamieson (the brand known for vitamins and probiotics) also incorporates wild blueberries in their products! Thinking about giving the gift of nutrition this year? Consider some chewable Vitamin B in a health and wellness gift basket (hey, you could throw some Celestial Seasonings tea in there, too!)!

Found at most major retailers and pharmacies in Canada.

 

Nature’s Path

We love Nature’s Path for a variety of reasons, not the least of which the fact that they are all about whole grains, healthy eating, and healthy living (especially on the go). So for the one who never has time for breakfast in your life, consider slipping a box of these Sunrise Blueberry Chia Breakfast Biscuits in their gift basket this year! They’ll be thanking you as they run out the door, biscuits in hand!

Found at most major grocery stores.

Pepper North

Have a hot-sauce lover on your hands? Awesome. Take a peek at Pepper North’s Blueberry Plague hot sauce. With a heat index of 7/10, this spicy treat has strong notes of wild blueberries, Trinidad scorpion peppers, wild honey, and red habanero peppers. 

Pepper North products can be found at Loblaws, Sobeys, Amazon, Superstore, Highland Farms, and more.

 

St.Dalfour

Wanting a French take on a wild blueberry jam? Head over to St. Dalfour! After sending Canadian wild blueberries to France, St. Dalfour creates a delicious jam and sends it right back for all of us to enjoy.

These products can be found at Loblaws, Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, and more. 

 

Van Dyk’s 

Offering delicious pure wild blueberry juice isn’t the only thing that Van Dyk’s are known for! They produce a number of delicious products, and are now offering gift baskets with a delightful combination of their most popular products! 

These products can be purchased online, at most quality and health food stores across Canada, including Loblaws, Sobeys, Pharmasave, among many, many more. 

 

 

There are so many different kinds of gifts you can give; food baskets, health and wellness themed boxes, charcuterie boards (these have been incredibly popular) and so much more. Why not consider adding some Canadian Wild Blueberries to the mix? Not only will you be supporting Canadian wild blueberry farmers, you’ll be putting a smile on your recipient’s face as well! 

Fresh Wild Blueberries

Where to get Fresh Wild Blueberries

Where to Get Fresh Wild Blueberries

It’s a special time of year in Atlantic Canada when fresh wild blueberries are available.  From August until mid-September you can enjoy these amazing little berries.  And, to make things easy, we’ve rounded up where to get fresh wild blueberries.

Fresh Wild Blueberries

North of Nuttby Certified Organic Wild Blueberries

West Earltown, NS
Wayne Edgar and Pamela Swainson
nuttbyblue@gmail.com
(902)657-9251
https://www.facebook.com/OrganicBlueberries.2016/

Sandra and Tony Phillips

Debert/Masstown, NS
www.phillipshoney.ca
location:  between Debert and Glenholme, 5K from Masstown Market
At the door …signs will lead you in

Wild & Blue Farms

Monastery, Antigonish County
Available at the farm and Hawthorne Convenience in Antigonish
https://www.facebook.com/wildandbluefarms/

Forest Hills Farms

Great Village, NS
www.foresthillswildblueberries.com
Fresh in season at your local Sobeys, frozen throughout Ontario and the Northeast USA

Blue Pearl Farms

14648 Hwy 19 Strathlorne, Inverness Co. N.S.
https://www.facebook.com/bluepearlfarm/
Available at:
Farm gate 14648 Hwy 19 Strathlorne, Inverness Co. N.S., Shean Coop, Mabou Fresh Mart, Port Hood
Coop, Margaree Coop, Cheticamp Coop, Mabou Farmers Market, Cape Breton Food Hub. Our certified
organic puree can also be found at; many above locations as well, while in stock as well as the following:
Glenora Distillery, Nova Scotia Store (Halifax International Airport) Nova Scotia Store (The Visitor
Shop Amherst) The Cape Breton Shop (Causeway Rotary) Sunflower Natural Food (Antigonish) Mill
Road Social Enterprise (Inverness)

Millen Farms

Great Village NS
www.millenfarms.com
Product available fresh in season at Pugwash Farmers market and Seaport farmers market (Sat only),
Masstown Market and some Sobeys stores.
Available frozen year-round at Masstown Market, Noggins Farm Market, Stirling’s Farm Market, and
some Sobeys stores.

Yorke Family Farm

Five Islands
902 254 2617
902 890 3567
https://www.facebook.com/Yorke-Family-Farm
Available at the farm in Five Islands

Red Mountain Farm

Bass River NS
Heather, Terry Prescott and family.
http://facebook.com/redmtnfarm or Instagram @redmtnfarm
Products available through: Alderney Farmers' Market – in person sales, New Glasgow Farmers'
Market – online, and in person sales, Truro Farmers' Market-online and in person

Newville Foods Inc.

Parrsboro, NS
Bill & Christine Davison
Newville Road, Parrsboro, NS
902-254-2562
http://newville.ca/
Available at Co-op Grocery Store in Parrsboro, Dave’s Fruit Market, Dartmouth and other fine stores

Brie’s Glen Farm

161 Loch Lomond Road
Grand River, NS
Email: sue.bp@hotmail.com
Available at the farm.

Are you enjoying fresh wild blueberries this year?  Let us know in the comments!

Wild Blueberry Health Benefits

Why Wild Blueberries? Sweet, Nutritious & Full of Health Benefits

Why Choose Wild Blueberries?

When you’re shopping for groceries, why do you pick wild blueberries? 

Because of their sweet taste or versatility to be used as a fruit, a dressing or a snack? 

Whatever your reason is, you can add its nutritional benefits as it is one of the ‘superfoods’ that is garnering so much attention these days. 

This little wild blue fruit is packed with antioxidants that protect our body from free radicals that are a major reason for early aging and disease processes. Researchers from the past two decades have been studying this amazing fruit that can protect our health in so many ways. Take a look at the health benefits this small but mighty fruit offers.

 

Wild Blueberry Pigment

 

The most nutrient-dense berries, the blue pigment found in wild blueberries has a lot to contribute to our health. It’s one of the richest sources of anthocyanin pigments (antho- flowering plant; cyanin-blue), all you need is a daily serving of 40g for some amazing health benefits.

 

Wild Blueberries & Heart Health

 

According to epidemiological studies that examine the diet and health of large populations over years, consuming wild blueberries regularly reduces the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure. They help keep blood vessels more pliable, contributing to a healthy circulation system that leads to improved blood circulation. 

 

Wild Blueberries & Blood Sugar Regulation

 

Eating wild blueberries also reduces the risk of early-onset of type 2 diabetes as it helps in regulating blood glucose levels by maintaining the body’s ability to respond to insulin.

 

Wild Blueberries & Metabolic Syndrome

 

Metabolic syndrome is an umbrella term for health conditions that fall under cardiovascular, diabetes, obesity and inflammation and can also result in dementia.  The pigments present in wild blueberries are one of our best defenses against metabolic syndrome. 

 

Wild Blueberries & Brain Health

 

The anthocyanin pigments support oxygen and glucose delivery to the brain and besides keeping the blood vessels healthy, they also help to mitigate inflammation keeping the brain healthy and sharp. Also, regular intake of wild blueberries has shown improved memory and cognitive capabilities.

 

New research shows exciting and compelling results wherein eating more wild blueberries is associated with lower body weight gain, better cognitive performance including better mood and faster decision making in both adults and children.

 

All the more reason to add more #wildblue to your family’s diet today!

15 Ways to Incorporate Wild Blueberries Into Your Diet

As more and more people become interested in knowing where their food comes from, wild foods with low mileage are taking center stage.  Wild blueberries are grown where mother nature intended and are never modified from their original state which makes them a powerhouse addition to your daily menu.  Here are 15 ways to incorporate more wild blueberries into your diet.

Wild Blueberries

  1. As stand-alone snacks – fresh or frozen!  Grab a handful and enjoy.  Wild blueberries are sweeter and more flavorful than their ordinary counterparts making them a great on-the-go snack.  They also contain less water than cultivated berries which means they freeze and thaw really well!

 

  1. Bake them into muffins, loaves, and scones for a flavor and nutrition boost.  Normally you’ll find recommendations to use fresh blueberries in your baking, however, because wild blueberries have so much less water they’re great for baking from frozen!

 

  1. Toss a handful into your pancake batter or top your waffles for a punch of colorful nutrition.  Try adding wild blueberry syrup for a change of pace as well.

 

  1. Blend them into smoothies or smoothie bowls.  Try this gorgeous blueberry swirl smoothie or get creative with smoothie bowls.  

wild blueberry swirl smoothie

  1. Try wild blueberries on your next flatbread!  Drizzle with balsamic reduction and top with goat cheese for a perfect pairing.

 

  1. Explore new cocktails that feature wild blueberries like a blueberry smash or a summer berry sangria.  Sangria is a perfect summer drink and stretches a bottle of wine a little further than usual!  Check out this sangria recipe for some inspiration.

 

  1. Toss a handful into a green salad.  Try adding wild blueberries, walnuts and goat or feta cheese to baby greens and drizzle with a light vinaigrette for a fresh salad that will impress any skeptic.

 

  1. Add a little surprise to your next sandwich, panini or grilled cheese.  Wild blueberries make the perfect addition to a grilled sandwich.  They’re small enough to add punch without adding mess and your tastebuds will thank you.  Try adding a smear of bacon jam & wild blueberries to your next grilled cheese and watch the magic happen.

 

  1. Add them to your next bowl of ice cream or frozen yogurt.  They’re great fresh or frozen but if you’re looking for something more decadent, cook some wild blueberries in a bit of sugar for a syrupy reduction that’s a perfect complement to a cool treat.

 

  1. Keep a big bowl of fruit salad handy for a quick grab & go snack.  Chop up whatever fresh fruit you have on hand, add a few handfuls of frozen wild blueberries, and toss with some lemon juice and mint.

 

  1. Elevate your ice cubes.  The next time you make ice, drop a few wild blueberries (and other fruit) into the trays.  Staying hydrated is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and adding a fun wild berry ice cube makes it even easier.

Wild Blueberry Ice Cubes

  1. Add them to your morning cereal, oatmeal, or overnight oats.  It’s an oldie but a goodie!

 

  1. Try your hand at making blueberry jam.  Sugar, wild blueberries and lemon juice are all you’ll need to make a quick batch of wild blueberry jam for your morning toast.  Just cook it down in a saucepan until it thickens and voila!

 

  1. Use them as a stuffing for chicken or turkey.  Mix ricotta or goat cheese with fresh herbs and wild blueberries then stuff your chicken breast with the mixture and bake for an elevated take on a simple chicken breast.

 

  1. Make a fruit salsa that includes wild blueberries.  If you haven’t tried fruit salsa with your nachos yet, it’s time!  The contrast between the sweet salsa and the savory cheese & chips is fantastic.