We started growing Blueberries in Pincho in the Western Algarve in 2013 and have had a successfully established business here for 4 years. We deliver to order, sell in markets and at some selected health businesses and also run a pick-your-own service by arrangement. We had some early Blueberries in April, but sold out in hours, and are now enjoying our main crop from July through to October. We have 4 varieties, and over 3000 bushes.
How to eat blueberries:
The best way to take advantage of their nutritional benefits is by eating a cup of fresh blueberries every morning. They can either be added to your cereal or muesli or eaten just as they are or with yoghurt, cream or crème fraiche.
Our naturally grown berries are free from production chemicals, but it’s best to give them a rinse with water immediately before eating because of handling during picking, transit and stocking. They have a bloom, which is antibacterial and preservative, and this should be left on until eating or freezing.
They are also great as a smoothie or used in cooking. Ours are naturally sweet, so reduce added sugar in any recipes you use. They are also useful added to clear spirits, for example gin and vodka, to make blueberry biological spirits, and add a great taste and colour to cocktails.
Health Benefits of Blueberries:
Delicious, packed with antioxidants and with a low calorie count, blueberries are a great nutrient-rich choice for a healthier life.
They are high in fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K. Antioxidants
protect our bodies from damage by free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage cellular structures and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.
Blueberries contain the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants slow down aging and help protect against common diseases such as cancer and chronic heart disease. They prevent cell damage by neutralizing free radicals. Blueberries also prevent the inflammation that is a known cause of aging diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. They are a natural brain food and can help in reversing short-term memory loss and other symptoms which can occur with aging.
Our berries are ripe and juicy, and are available freshly picked by us, or by yourselves, from July to October. We also sell frozen berries according to availability outside our growing season.
They can be ordered through our Manager, Alex Brennan. Contact her, on our Facebook page, by phone/message on 910 782 740, or through our website.