There is nothing like wild blueberries for health and for taste and now is the time to enjoy them. Do not miss out because right now you’re just in time for delicious wild blue berry sauce! A treat like no other. The middle to the end of August is when all those tasty wild blueberries are ripe and ready to harvest. They’re expensive but so well worth it, because the natural wild grown blueberries pack even more nutrients than the cultivated variety and even taste better. So, why not treat yourself?
Benefits of blueberries
Considered one of the top fruits for health benefits and antioxidant power, they are chock-full of nutrition and vitamins. That gorgeous rich blue/purple/red colour delivers incredible health bonuses. They are packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, manganese and fibre. They also provide calcium, potassium, magnesium, and beta-carotene, copper, folate and more.
Blueberries, and especially wild blueberries (that pack an even additional health-punch) are also a source of phenolic compounds like quercitin, kaempferol, myricetin, etc. which add even further to their antioxidant super power. And all these compounds work well together to provide our bodies with specific benefits:
- Reduces DNA damage which will help the fight against ageing, and cancer
- Helps to lower blood pressure
- Assists with brain function and improve memory
- Anthocyanins in blueberries may help against diabetes
- Like cranberries, blueberries helps fight urinary infection
- Promotes eye health and helps prevent eye disease
- Helps to improve circulation
Rockin’ wild blueberry sauce
This delicious and easy-to-make sauce can also be used with cultivated blueberries when the wild growing season is over. You can halve the recipe if you couldn’t wait- and have already eaten most of the wild blueberries, and only have a cup left. Provision of a few ingredient ranges are shown to allow for personal sweetness and thickness preferences.
What you need
2 cups wild or cultivated blueberries
1/4 cup water
1/2-3/4 cup of sugar (to taste)
3/4 cup of orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2-3 tbsp of cornstarch (for desired thickness)
1/4 cup of cold water
dash of salt
good dash of cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
1) Combine blueberries, sugar, salt, 1/4 cup water, orange juice in a saucepan
and bring to a low boil over a low/medium heat. Stir gently.
2) Combine 1/4 cup of cold water with cornstarch and whisk to make a slurry.
3) Gently stir slurry mixture into the sauce and incorporate gently. Continue to watch/stir until mixture comes to a light rolling simmer and is thickened.(Add a little water if too thick).
4)Turn heat off and add cinnamon and vanilla.
This sauce works so tastily with pancakes, waffles, ice cream, and cheesecakes. It will be a huge hit with any blueberry lover. Deny yourself no longer!