Local Taste Hampers are pleased to be able to offer products from some of the region’s finest producers in our gift hampers. As part of our blog series we our putting the spotlight on some the products The Makers use in the items we include in our hampers. Nothing could be healthier than the certified organic blueberries grown by Blushing Blueberries on a farm just outside Macksville on the mid-north coast of NSW . There are many website references highlighting the proven benefits to health of blueberries. The following extracts are from a great article and confirms what we suspect –blueberries are good for you.

“Blueberries are sweet, nutritious and wildly popular.
Often labeled a superfood, they are low in calories and incredibly good for you. They’re so tasty and convenient that many people consider them their favourite fruit.”

Here are 10 proven health benefits of blueberries [summarised]

1 The blueberry is a very popular berry. It is low in calories but high in fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K.
2 Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all the popular fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids appear to be the berries’ antioxidant with the greatest impact.
3 Several studies suggest that blueberries and blueberry juice reduce DNA damage, which is a leading driver of ageing and cancer.
4 The antioxidants in blueberries have been shown to reduce a predominant risk factor for heart disease by preventing oxidative damage to “bad” LDL cholesterol.
5 Regular blueberry intake is tied to lower blood pressure in numerous studies.
6 Some evidence indicates that eating fruits rich in anthocyanins — such as blueberries — is associated with a reduced risk of heart attacks.
7 The antioxidants in blueberries seem to benefit your brain by aiding brain function and delaying mental decline.
8 Several studies demonstrate that blueberries have anti-diabetes effects, improving insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar levels.
9 Like cranberries, blueberries contain substances that can prevent certain bacteria from binding to the wall of your bladder, which may help prevent UTIs.
10 One study suggests that blueberries may aid muscle recovery after strenuous exercise, though more research is needed.
Read the full article

And they taste delicious

30 recipes that are all about blueberries: you can bake them, freeze them, put them in a sauce or just eat them fresh. It doesn’t matter how you eat them, just make sure you do. Check out this site and make some time in the kitchen www.delicious.com.au

Final words from our local grower of Certified Organic Blueberries on the mid-north coast of NSW. Blushing Blueberries

Healthy soil means healthy plants that are less prone to pests and diseases and our plants are absolutely bursting with strong healthy growth.” Blushing Blueberries