Bundi, Rajasthan, India
We offer a complete product range of blueberry and Strawberry
Blueberries are small fruits of a shrub tree, which belongs to the heath (Ericaceae) family. Other members of this family include cranberry, bilberry, azalea, mountain laurel and rhododendron. These berries grow in clusters and vary in size from that of the size of a pea, to the size of a marble. The colour often ranges from maroon to purple black. The flesh of the blueberries is semi-transparent and encases tiny seeds. The berries, which are cultivated are mildly sweet, whereas those which grow in the wild are more tart and tangy in flavour. They are round and flattened in shape. They have a crown like structure at the bottom, and a depressed ring at the top of the fruit. Blueberries are usually around 1/2 inch in diameter. These berries are native to North America, where they grow in abundance in the mountains, forests of US and Canada. On an average, there are about 30 different varieties of blueberries available. They were not cultivated until the start of the 20th century, when they were commercially cultivated in the year 1916. Varieties of Blueberries Blueberry-Brigitta: This variety is a late season variety producing large, firm, and light blue berries. The shrub of this cultivar is upright and usually grows to a height of about 6 feet. The berry borne by the variety is large, crisp and rich in flavour and texture. Thus they make an excellent option for freezing as well as eating fresh. The fruits ripen towards the end of August Blueberry-Chandler: This variety of berries is large, firm and has a wonderful flavour. Each berry weighs about 2g. The bush is extremely attractive and grows low to a height of about 150 cms Blueberry-Earliblue: As the name of the berry suggests, it matures early as compared to the other varieties. The berries borne by the tree are large, juicy and have a mild and sweet flavour. The berries grow in medium sized clusters and ripen in the beginning of July Blueberry Top Hat: It is an extremely nutritious variety, which also makes for an extremely ornamental plant. The berries produced are extremely plump and and make an ideal ingredient in pies, muffins and jams Selecting Blueberries One should be extremely careful while selecting berries. One should pick those, which have a deep and uniform colour with a wheatish bloom. It is advisable to shake the container they are in; take the packet only of the berries are moving freely in the packet. If the berries are not moving freely in the packet, this merely indicates that the berries are likely to be soft, moldy or damaged. One should avoid berries, which are soft or watery in texture. They should also be free from water, as the presence of water is likely lead to their decay. They are primarily cultivated in the United States and are available from May through October, whereas imported berries may be found at other times of the year as well. Uses of Blueberries Blueberries are best had in their raw form Frozen berries may be added to your breakfast shake to make it more zingy and lip smacking Dried berries can be added to the dull breakfast cereal to pep it up Blueberries added in yogurt and then frozen make an excellent low fat dessert. It can be topped with crystallized ginger for best results Blueberry jams, muffins, pies are the a favourite among people of all ages alike. They can be enjoyed throughout the year. Health Benefits Blueberries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, and have various health benefits associated with them. Some of them include the following: Blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants. The antioxidants play a pivotal role in keeping our body healthy and young. They help fight free radicals of the body, which damage the cells of the body as we grow older. They may also result in the degeneration of the DNA. Blueberries provide protection against the same These berries are rich in an anti-cancer agent, several, which helps combat the fatal disease They contain chemicals that are believed to decrease the growth of cervical and breast cancer cells by a considerable percentage Research has confirmed that blueberries not only slow the aging process but also reverse it Various experiments conducted have also indicated that eating blueberries improves short term memory loss and improves balance and coordination A compound found in blueberries called the pterostilbene, has been found to develop into a nutraceutical for lowering cholesterol If consumed regularly, these berries have shown to improve night time vision and promote quicker adjustment to darkness and faster restoration of visual acuity after exposure to glare They are also beneficial in reducing effects of age related conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia These wonder berries provide respite against both diarrhea and constipation They are rich sources of soluble and insoluble fiber and contain tannins, which act as astringents in the digestive system to reduce inflammation Regularly consuming blueberries helps in fighting urinary tract infections.
The Garden Strawberry or the strawberry is the most widely cultivated berry throughout the world. The strawberry plant belongs to the family of the Rosaceae, and is often referred to as the accessory fruit. The fleshy part of the fruit is derived not from the ovaries, but from the peg at the bottom of the bowl shaped hypanthium that holds the ovaries. The garden strawberry was first grown in Europe in the 18th century and represents the accidental cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America, which is rich in flavour, and the Fragaria chiloensis from Chile, which is large in size. Today, these strawberries have been replaced by the Woodland Strawberries, which have been commercially cultivated. Nutritional Value Strawberries are a treat to the taste buds, eyes and senses. Apart from being so delicious, these berries are a rich source of nutrition too. They are rich sources of vitamins A, B, and C, and also contain ample amounts of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, carbohydrates, etc. They are also rich in Folic acid, which helps in preventing birth related defects Origin and History Strawberries were cultivated by the Romans as far back in history as 200BC. In the medieval times, a soup made from strawberries, borage and soured cream was traditionally served to newly-weds at their wedding breakfast. When the colonists arrived in America in 1780, the native Americans were already eating the strawberries. The first strawberry hybrid was developed in USA. Though strawberries are mostly used as desserts or as additions in milk products, there are also a number of recepies, which can be made from them like pies, soups, etc. Health Benefits of Strawberry Regular consumption of strawberries helps in removing harmful chemicals/toxins from the blood Strawberries are also a rich source of folic acid and help cure a sluggish liver and to prevent/reduce birth defects involving the brain Strawberries contain the highest levels of Phytoestrogens, which can help in the prevention of breast & cervical cancer The berry is full of antioxidants and is therefore effective in fighting the signs of aging According to researchers, strawberries have been reported to help cases of syphilis They are highly recommended for gout, rheumatism, constipation, high blood pressure, catarrh and even skin cancer The strawberry, when cut into half and rubbed on teeth and gums, helps in removing tarter from teeth and also strengthens and heals the gums. Picking and Storing Strawberries Strawberries should be picked in a proper manner, such that it does not cause harm to the fruit or the plant. When picking the berries, one should pluck them with their caps on. This can be done by pinching the berry between the thumb and the forefinger. When plucking the berries, one should look for ripe ones, as strawberries, once plucked do not ripen. So the raw ones would remain raw. They can be easily stored in the refrigerator, but one should not remove the caps of the strawberries, as they would to lose their moisture. They should be arranged in a shallow container and and be covered with a thin plastic film and stored at 35 degree C to keep them fresh for longer. Some “Berry” Interesting Facts Strawberries are fat free, and are a tasty and a nutritious fruit at the same time In the 13th Century Rome, these berries were used as medicinal herbs, which had magical curing properties Strawberries contain natural salicylates, which is an active ingredient in Asprin, a headache curing drug A museum in Belgium is exclusively and solely dedicated to strawberries They are a member of the Rose family They are possibly the only fruit with its seeds on the outside. An average berry has approximately 200 seeds The second wife of Henry VIII, Queen Anne Boleyn, had a strawberry-shaped birthmark on her neck. Unfortunately, some claimed this proved that she was a witch.