Allen and Jill planted several varieties of blueberries in 2005, along with a few raspberry bushes. There are about 500 blueberry plants located on their vineyard property, just across the road from the fruit tree orchard and next to the sunflower garden.
Blueberries rank second to strawberries in popularity of berries and have one of the highest antioxidant capabilities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings, essential in optimum health by helping to combat the free radicals in our bodies.
Raw blueberries provide excellent flavor ranging from mildly sweet to tart and tangy. They have reached superstar status in terms of their unique health benefits, nutritional boosting properties and burst with flavor while being very low in calories.
Some of the potential goodness and health benefits for our bodies include:
- Your nervous system
- Eye health
- Blood sugar balance
- Cardiovascular benefits
- Brain health, memory and cognitive benefits
Fruiting season ranges from June through September. Blueberries are partially self fertile so you will harvest more and larger berries by planting two or more varieties. Planting more then one variety can also extend the harvest season.
Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to freeze. Just wash them, dry them and pop them in the freezer in a plastic container or bag. You will have berries all winter long!
Basic care and maintence involves mulching, water and pruning after four years to stimulate growth of new shoots that will bear fruit the following season.
In Ireland, baskets of blueberries are still offered to a sweetheart in commemoration of the original fertility festival of the Lammas Day on August 1st.
Blueberry Glaze recipe for roasted chicken:
1 cup red wine
1-cup maple syrup
½ cup Dijon mustard
Combine and bring to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for up to 1-½ hours.
Pull the chicken from the oven 10 minutes before done and smother with the blueberry glaze. Return to the oven for the remaining 10 minutes of roasting.
If you are interested in starting your own blueberry patch we will help you get started!