1 cup blueberries
1 cup baby spinach
1 banana, chopped
1½ cups ice
1. Place the blueberries, spinach, and banana in a blender or food processor and blend until just combined.
2. Add in the ice and continue to blend until the mixture is smooth.
3. Serve immediately.
It isn’t as easy as you’d think!
The blueberry is a flowering shrub that produces nutritious berries. Blueberries are small, around 5-16 millimetres (0.2-0.6 inches) in diameter, and have a flared crown at the end. They are green in colour at first, then change to red, then blue-purple as they ripen. They require an acid soil to grow, our soil is naturally acid here, and we add mulched pine prunings and organic manure in winter to keep them healthy, with no chemical fertilizer or non-organic additives. The acid soil inhibits insects and spiders, and so no sprays or insecticides are needed or used.
The bushes don’t like their roots in water and they die if too dry, so we have a sophisticated drip-though irrigation system using natural rainwater from our lake, all monitored by our farm manager, Alex, and our staff.
The great irrigation system and enriched soil means we also grow great weeds, so much weeding is necessary, and also extensive pruning, which we do in January. We retain the best 5 branches, cutting back to 1 metre or less, and cutting off any additional ones. The only major loss of berries is to local birds (and the occasional passing hiker!).
Well, we have had a wonderful week of rain! Much needed as we nearly ran out of water for the Blueberry Bushes in October. Now the water levels have risen nearly 2 metres since Saturday 14th.
We are about half-way replenished, so we still need another weeks rain, but are happy to wait for another month now 🙂
We won’t have any more berries until May, they need springtime to grow their flowers and then a months sun to ripen and become sweet and tender.
Blueberries and Anti-Aging:
The antioxidants in blueberries 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.
Blueberries and Brain Health:
Blueberries are natural brain food and can help in reversing short-term memory loss and other symptoms which can occur with aging. The antioxidants help maintain motor skills and this has been confirmed by animals studies, where improvements in learning capacity and motor skills were observed in aging animals who were fed a blueberry high, antioxidant-rich diet.
Blueberries and Eyesight:
Along with carrots, blueberries provide an excellent source of vitamin A. Blueberries are known to prevent vision loss due to aging. Eating blueberries is likely to enhance night vision and allow quicker adjustment to darkness.
Other health benefits:
Along with anthocyanins, blueberries also contain other antioxidants like proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, flavonols and tannins that help prevent growth of cancer cells. Lab studies have found the benefits of blueberries include preventing colon cancer and ovarian cancer.