Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wild vs. Cultivated Blueberries?

There are many articles written about the healthy benefits of blueberries. Some articles mention cultivated (Highbush) blueberries and wild (Lowbush) blueberries. I just want to clarify the difference between cultivated and wild blueberries. Cultivated blueberries are grown in over 23 states in the U.S and also in Western Canada. Wild or lowbush blueberries are grown predominately in Maine, Novia Scotia, Quebec and New Brunswick. Maine is the leading producer of wild blueberries and accounts for almost 30% of North America’s wild production.
64% of the blueberries produced in the United States and Canada are cultivated and 36% are wild. The majority of fresh blueberries sold in grocery stores are cultivated or highbush blueberries. Wild blueberries are predominately processed (Frozen, juice, puree, etc.).
According to a report in Health Magazine, wild blueberries contain more Total Antioxidant Capacity (TAC) than cultivated blueberries and possess the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit, containing 13,427 TAC. However, don’t be discouraged because cultivated blueberries are not far behind and rank fifth on the list with a 9,019 TAC. Whatever the case may be, keep consuming products with blueberries, cultivated or wild. Your mind and body will thank you for it.

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