The blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) is a fruit-bearing shrub with a height of 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Blueberries blossom and develop in clusters. Although some varieties are self-pollinating, cross-fertilisation by bumblebees and bees leads to more and larger fruits. Blueberries originate from the northeast of the United States; the current blueberry varieties were improved by selection and crossing.
Healthy, versatile fruit
The leaves and fruits of blueberry plants have a medicinal effect. Blueberries, for example, are used as a remedy for stomach and intestinal disorders. They also have a positive influence on urinary tract infections, diabetes associated with ageing and night blindness. Blueberries do not contain cholesterol or sodium.
If kept chilled at a temperature between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius, blueberries can be stored for about a week. Blueberries are incredibly versatile. They taste fabulous eaten fresh and delicious in yoghurt or cakes and pastries. In addition, they are the ideal ingredients for jam, juice, syrup, wine, sauce or in various hot dishes.