“ Type: Soft Fruit „
I very rarely ever eat blueberries due to the price increase, and they currently, when full price, sell at £3.99-£4.99 for a small punnet, which in my situtation (poor student!) is an absloute no go.
For some people this may not seem alot, but in the current recession i'm sure most people will see blueberries as somewhat of a luxury fruit to treat themselves to ever so often - the price is definetly a put-off for many people.
It's a huge shame about the price because i love blueberries. Not only are they sweet and tasty, but they also have back up behind them to prove that they *may* halter aging symptoms and Alzheimer's disease. When fed to lab animals they found that the blueberries lowered brain damage after an experimental stroke, aswell as research showing that blueberries may help prevent urine infections. Blueberries also contain many vitamins & minerals so are very healthy. A heaped tablespoon of them counts as one of your five a day.
Taste wise they're lovely and very sweet. Back when i was trying to lose weight i found they usually satisfied my craving for sweets - a much healthier, lower calorie choice than a bag of skittles! The ripe, plump blueberries are usually juicy and tasty but the smaller ones are likely to be on the sour side.
Blueberries as you may of guessed, are a lovely bluey purple colour, but when bitten into you can see that the inside's a yellowy orange shade.
I only ever buy a punnet when they've been reduced, and yesterday saw that Tesco had there 280g organic/fresh punnetts reduced from £3.99 to £2, so grabbed one, paid and had it as a rushed breakfast on the way to a lecture. They were lovely and ripe, tasty, a decent size/plump and there was only 4/5 blueberries in the entire punnett that were small and sour.
I usually eat blueberries mixed in with yoghurt for breakfast and also often make smoothies out of them; many recipes are available online.
I'd reccomend these, especially the tesco punnetts purely due to the reduced price right now. They're healthy, tasty snacks that can even be used as alternatives for sweets and chocolate with children/people watching there weight.
An alternative, cheaper and much more economical way of getting hold of lovely fresh blueberries, would ofcourse be to grow your own. I've looked into doing this many times as it'd save alot of money, and it looks simple enough, however i don't actually have a garden big enough and i'd rather them be in a garden than in a pot so it's out of the question! Maybe when i'm home i will though.
A basic guide to growing your own blueberries:
Step 1: Firstly you will need to decide where you want your blueberries to grow; they can be sucessfully grown in the garden, containers/pots or raised beds with suitable soil. They need access to sun so obviously it's best for them to be outside.
Step 2: Prepare your soil. Blueberries require rich, acidic soil if they're to grow and thrive well. The pH of your soil should be between 4 and 5.5.
Step 3: Plant your blueberry seeds. It's best to plant 2 different types (no particular two types are reccomended, it can be any of your choice), this will ensure cross pollination; making sure that plenty of fruit will grow. It's best to plant your blueberries around august time as they require plenty of sun. If planting your plants in pots, it's important that there's adequate drainage - ideally the pot should be slightly raised off the surface to allow liquid to drain away with ease. If planting directly into your garden it's best to keep each atleast 1.5 metres apart to ensure each of the plants and roots can grow without interuption.
Step 4: Feeding & Pruning your Blueberries. After the leaves have fully opened and flowered in late Spring, the bushes will need there first feed. A tablespoon (not heaped) of well balanced, ericaceous fertiliser will do the job. As the plant grows and matures, you'll need to increase the amount slightly. Feed the plant again at the end of June, as the second stage of growth occurs in summer. Throughout the growing season your plants roots will need to be kept moist. Rain water is fine, and is preferred due to been acidic. Tap water is also an option, however rain water is much prefered.
*PLEASE NOTE*: Animal manure is not suitable for blueberry plants, as it burns the roots resulting almost always in the plant dying.
Come late winter it'll be time to groom your plant. Long canes will grow through the plants bush during the summer, giving the bush its shape. Trimming the edges of these canes will encourage a bushy plant which is the aim.
Any narrow, green growth from the base should be removed, aswell as any damaged/dried leaves or branches etc. If a branch looks to be dying it's best to take it out sooner than later.
The plants will start to flower the following summer after you've planted them. This stage will be followed by fruit.
I'm currently trying to lose weight, and so obviously decided to include more fruit in my diet. However, I'm really trying to restrict my calorie uptake, and so was looking for fruit with very little calories; these are perfect!
In 100g (About half of quite a large box; so for snacking I tend to only eat c.30g!) there are just 32 calories! Compare this the an apple- a standard Granny Smith apple there are around 80 calories. Plus these blueberries taste amazing!
Sometimes blueberries can be quite bland, but these vary between tangy and sweet, but overall its a great taste.
I have also tried Morrisons blueberries, and I can honestly say Tescos' taste much much better! Morrisons' are watery, rather tasteless and from Holland; whereas Tescos' are produced in the UK, thus better for the environment in terms of carbon emissions from transporting.
The prices, however, are a quite different. The box of 200g at Tesco was £2.35, but at Morrisons - it may just be a current special offer - a slightly smaller box was £1!
To conclude, these Tescos blueberries are sooo tasty and fantastic for snacking when on a diet. Try them!!!
Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Fruit