Blueberries

blueberries

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Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored berries. Species in the section Cyanococcus are the most common fruits sold as “blueberries” and are native to North America (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Blueberries contain salicylates, which are natural-occurring chemicals in plants. According to Auckland Allergy Clinic, blueberries have high salicylate content. If you are allergic to blueberries, it is often because you have a sensitivity to this compound. If you consume blueberries and experience allergy symptoms, contact a health care professional immediately for treatment (White, 2014).

Common Uses:

Blueberries are sold fresh or processed as individually quick frozen fruit, purée, juice, or dried or infused berries, which in turn may be used in a variety of consumer goods, such as jelliesjamsblueberry piesmuffins, snack foods and cereals (Wikipedia, nd).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 cup (148 g)

Calories 85
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Potassium 114 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 21 g 7%
Dietary fiber 3.6 g 14%
Sugar 15 g
Protein 1.1 g 2%
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 24%
Calcium 0% Iron 2%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 2%

Dietary Information and Related Articles:

Check out the wild blueberries site.