As far as flavour and nutritional value go, blueberries are a standout superfood. High in antioxidants, they deliver many health benefits – and they are delicious atop breakfast cereals, in salads or simply on their own.
Production fact #1
Studies have found that eating blueberries can improve memory and cognitive function.
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Blueberries boost heart health, protecting against heart disease and stroke.
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High in antioxidants, blueberries help neutralise the free radicals that cause a range of diseases.
More healthy blueberry facts
- Blueberries are very high in antioxidants, which are shown to help neutralise the 'free radicals' that cause cancer, heart disease and other age-related illnesses
- With relatively low GI value, blueberries can help regulate blood sugar levels
- Antioxidants in blueberries are linked to increased eye and retina health
- Blueberries contain a compound that assists with urinary tract health and can prevent infection
- Low in calories and high in potassium
- High source of Vitamin C, E and fibre
- Blueberries help boost insulin sensitivity for prevention against the onset of type 2 Diabetes
- The antioxidant compounds in blueberries protect against inflammation
- The minerals potassium, copper, iron, zinc and manganese are all found in blueberries, and together they help control blood pressure
- Blueberries help clear neuro toxins in the brain, which may delay memory loss
The peak growing season for blueberries in Australia is between July and December. However, Costa grown blueberries are available all year round, with growing regions in New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia.
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There are endless ways to enjoy blueberries! Browse our
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Selection and storage
To select: Choose berries with a firm, plump appearance and a soft, hazy 'bloom' (the white, natural coating). Don't buy fruit that is withered or seems excessively soft.
When buying in punnets, gently shake them – the blueberries should be loose and move easily. If they don't they may be mouldy or bruised.
To store: Blueberries should be stored in a cool, dry place and ideally eaten within a few days of purchase. They will last well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days – but don't wash before refrigerating as this removes the protective 'bloom'. Simply rinse your blueberries immediately before eating.