Blueberry / Bilberry




Blueberry / Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Blueberry is a, native to Eurasia, perennial bush, which has edible berries of dark blue color. The last years, its cultivation became really popular in Greece, because Greek soil seems to be suitable for this bush. Blueberries were used and glorified by ancient Greeks, due to their nutritional value and great taste. Also ancient Greeks were producing an aromatic wine, named “myrtinitis” and perfumed oil named “myrtinon”, both of them had as main ingredient blueberries.

Modern studies have shown that blueberries have high antioxidant and anti-aging action. Furthermore, the consumption of blueberries seems to boost memory. Blueberries, prevent allergies, act against “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and atherosclerosis and control hypertension. Due to, their numerous properties many nutritionists enlist them in superfoods.

Blueberries can be consumed fresh or even dried. Adding a handful of blueberries in salad or in yogurt is a common way to increase the taste and nutritional value of your meal.Moreover, blueberries are used in pastry making.

Health Benefits of Blueberries

Learn AboutBlueberriesBenefits Health Benefits • Blueberries contain plant compounds called pterostilbenes, which are high in antioxidant content. Antioxidants protect the body from the effects of free radicals, which are molecules that can damage other cells and promote diseases such as cancer. • The National Institutes of Health conducted a study which examined how a diet [...]

Mythology – Blueberry

Learn AboutBlueberryMythology -Blueberry in Greek language is called ¨μύρτιλο¨ (myrtilo) and its name derives from Herme’s son Myrtilos. Myrtilos was the son of the god Hermes and Phaeton (daughter of Danaos), or Clymene. He was responsible for the chariot of Oenomaus, who was preparing for the chariot races, in which the King was finding aspiring [...]

Side Effects of Blueberries

Learn AboutBlueberriesSide Effects Blueberry fruit is likely safe for most people when consumed in food amounts. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking blueberry leaf by mouth. It is best to avoid taking leaves. Special Precautions & Warnings: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Blueberry fruit is likely safe when used in amounts commonly [...]

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