Video: Difference between cultivated blueberries and wild blueberries!
How can you distinguish the wild blueberry from the cultivated blueberry (bilberry)?
Blueberries are small, round berries known for their sweet taste and antioxidant properties. There are two main types of blueberries: cultivated blueberries and wild blueberries. Both varieties are healthy and nutritious, but have some differences when it comes to their nutritional composition and taste.
Differences between wild blueberries and cultivated blueberries
Often referred to as "true" or "wild" blueberries , wild blueberries are typically smaller and darker than cultivated blueberries. They grow wild in wooded areas and are generally more difficult to harvest than cultivated blueberries. Cultivated blueberries are grown commercially and are typically larger, sweeter, and easier to harvest than wild blueberries.
Wild blueberries also have higher levels of anthocyanins, a key antioxidant that gives them their dark color. The anthocyanin content in wild blueberries is many times higher than that in cultivated blueberries. They also have a higher total antioxidant content than cultivated blueberries.
Benefits of Wild Blueberries
Wild blueberries offer many health benefits, including:
Antioxidant Properties: Wild blueberries are high in antioxidants like anthocyanins, which can help fight free radical damage in the body.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: The antioxidants in wild blueberries may also help reduce inflammation in the body.
Healthy Digestion: Wild blueberries contain fiber, which can help promote digestion and prevent constipation.
Improvement in cognitive function: A 2017 study found that regular consumption of wild blueberries can improve cognitive function and memory in older adults.
Heart Health Support: Wild blueberries may also help lower blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
How to distinguish wild blueberries from cultivated blueberries?
Wild blueberries are usually smaller and darker than cultivated blueberries. They also have a more intense flavor than cultivated blueberries and are more difficult to harvest as they often grow in hard-to-reach forest areas.
Wild blueberries offer many health benefits and have some advantages over cultivated blueberries due to their higher antioxidant and anthocyanin content.
Dipl. Ing. (bio-med) Jutta Suffner explains why the wild blueberry is beneficial for your well-being.
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Dipl. Ing. (bio-med) Jutta Suffner
Jutta Suffner has been drawn to medicine since she was a child. After training as a medical-technical radiology assistant, she completed a degree in biomedicine and researched neurodegenerative diseases using magnetic resonance imaging in Canada. In Europe, the author worked for a world-renowned company in the field of ultrasound diagnostics for more than two decades.
Then, in her early 30s, she received a horrific diagnosis and was hospitalized for almost a year. The prospects of delayed viral myocarditis were bleak and the beginning of nearly seven years of transformation and recovery. So she started researching again and found that the attitude to life, the lifestyle and other natural products can help for a faster healing process. Additional training as an alternative practitioner and research into a natural food supplement have accompanied her to her current vision that dying healthy is possible.