Pat's Weekly Feature
Do you know that British Columbia is the second
largest producer of cultivated blueberries in the world? With more
than 12,000 acres of farmland growing this fruit, BC ships
blueberries to many international locations such as Australia,
Japan, Taiwan, and Europe.
This summer, I have enjoyed eating fresh blueberries,
which are readily available at stores and markets. One of my favourite
summertime activities is to pick the freshest possible berries by visiting a
U-Pick farm in Abbotsford.
When I was a child growing up in Ontario, we stayed at a
summer cottage on Georgian Bay, where an abundance of tiny, sweet wild
blueberries were just waiting to be picked. If I could resist devouring my
bucket of berries before reaching the cottage, I could usually count on a
slice of my mother’s blueberry pie for dessert, served warm from the oven.
Blueberries are high in nutritional value but low in
calories. They contain fibre, manganese, vitamin C and E. You might have
heard blueberries called a “superfood” because of their antioxidant value,
and scientists believe they protect against infection, cancer and
Fortunately, fresh BC blueberries are usually available
from July to at least September. If you want to enjoy blueberries throughout
the year, they are easy to freeze and will last up to two years. Simply
freeze them in the original container and then transfer to plastic bags.
For more information about BC blueberries, including
recipes, click on the links below.
Benefits of Blueberries
Home of BC
Where to Find Farm Fresh Produce (including Blueberries)
BC Ministry of Agriculture Information on Blueberries