We grow around 30 ha of blueberries. Some are under tunnels, to extend the season, and some outdoors.
All of our blueberries are grown in pots as our ground conditions are not suitable. Much like rhododendrons, blueberries only thrive in acidic soil.
The main varieties we grow are:
Our blueberry picking season runs from early July to late September.
Blueberries are a tasty splash of colour for most dishes. They are full of nutrients, have a wonderful flavour and are very good for a low carb diet plan.
Blueberries are a source of vitamin C, B, E and phosphorus. They are naturally low in both fat and sodium and contain more antioxidants than most other fruits or vegetables, which help neutralise harmful by-products of the metabolism. These antioxidants have been linked to the reduction of cancer and age related diseases. Blueberries also lower cholesterol which reduces the rick of a heart attack.
Research has shown that blueberries can do amazing things such as: improve memory and learning, vision, brain function, prevent urinary tract infection, aid in weight loss and fight osteoporosis.
Here is a list of interesting blueberry facts:
•They are the only natural food that are truly blue in colour
•Blueberries are related to azaleas, camellias, heathers, and rhododendrons
•There are about 450 blueberry varieties in the world
•Blueberry juice was used in the past to treat illnesses such as coughs, digestive issues and during childbirth as a relaxant.
•True wild blueberries are only found in North America, the native Americans used the berries, leaves and roots for medicinal purposes as well as for food. The early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.