Black, blue and red: they are all the colors of blueberry, a fruit rich in antioxidants and vitamins, which is harvested on mountain paths in summer.
Pecks, tasty and rich in nutritional properties: blueberries, despite their size, are a concentrate of vitamins and anthocyanins, pigments with a protective action at the level of the circulatory system. Blueberries are also known for their action on free radicals, responsible for cellular aging. These fruits ripen in the summer, in the undergrowth of the mountainous areas of the Alps and the Apennines, on plants no more than 60 cm high. There are three different varieties: black, blue and red, and all have a high quantity of antioxidant substances, capable of preventing heart disease, slowing down the natural cellular aging process and preventing certain cancers.
The blueberry in the kitchen
Whole or transformed into jams, blueberry is a very versatile ingredient, not only in sweet preparations. In northern Europe, in fact, it is often reduced to gelatine to accompany game meats. Also in our kitchens, it is often used to prepare risottos or compotes to pair with aged cheeses.
The best in pastry!
It is in the pastry, however, that the blueberry gives its best. With blueberries, many cakes, biscuits, and canapés are prepared: these fruits lend themselves as a filling, together with custard, or as a decoration. Blueberries can also be frozen: in this case, it is better to use them to create creams or compotes, not to decorate, because with freezing they lose their consistency. With these berries you can prepare tasty ice creams or even sorbets, to be served between courses. But the versatility of this small fruit does not end here: with blueberries, you can make thirst-quenching juices to be consumed after a meal.
Blueberries to spread, not just to eat: when fruit becomes a medicine
It often happens that some foods possess beneficial qualities also from the cosmetic point of view and are used for the preparation of ointments or beauty creams. This is the case of cranberries, which, having many refreshing and astringent properties, are used by specialists as the basis for creams that are used to combat skin blemishes. The astringent action of the blueberry helps to strengthen the capillary walls, reducing this unpleasant visual effect. When you say a remedy for everything …
Antiacne recipe with blueberries
Ingredients: blueberries, water
Cook the berries with a little water and apply them warm with gauze to the skin. The decoction, ie the cooking liquid, can be used to gargle in case of inflammation of the mouth.