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The healthy blueberry is the
"fruit of the year 2015"

The blueberry has been chosen as the "fruit of the year" for 2015. Blueberries are seriously good for you. They contain tannins, minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, carotene and vitamins C and E.  The substances that make them blue, called anthocyanins, have an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Blueberries are also said to aid digestion and strengthen the immune system.


Blueberries belong to the heather family (Ericaceae) and grow wild in woods and forests with acid peaty soils. The blueberry grown commercially and in our gardens is a cultivar (Vaccinium corymbosum) that originated from North America and not, as is often thought from the bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) that grow wild in Europe. You can tell the difference by slicing through the fruit: bilberries have dark blue flesh right through, the thicker skinned blueberries tend to have white flesh inside.

Blueberries taste refreshingly tart.  You can eat them raw – on their own, in a fruit salad, in a cream dessert or on muesli  – or cooked as a jam or compote, or in muffins and pancakes. Fresh, regionally grown blueberries are available in northern Europe from July to September.

"International Fruit Day" on July 1

The blueberry will be celebrated as "Fruit of the Year" during Fruit Day on July 1. The Fruit Day motto in 2015 is "Our world – our fruit – our future". The idea is for people to get together to picnic in the park with fruit featuring strongly on the menu. The former students who have been the moving force behind the Fruit Day say that the regional and seasonal variety of fruit on offer is like a metaphor for the variety of people and cultures in the world.

Source: Heike Kreutz, www.aid.de