Feeling blue . . . try super berries

CHRIS FORTUNE
Last updated 07:18 13/12/2012

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Blueberry kisses,

My lips they miss his, oh yeah.

Where did you go now? Where did you go?

Blueberry kisses.

Lady Gaga (although I think she is thinking about something else) is singing about them, Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino sang about them on Blueberry Hill and the Blueberries are a rock band based in London.

They are known as a super fruit so I was very excited to have my first blueberry this summer.

It was round and plump, firm, sweet and tart, juicy and piquant - perfect - what more could you ask from mother nature and the guardians of the blueberry fields. They were picked in Marlborough for a fraction of the price of supermarket blueberries from the North Island.

The deal with seasonal fruit, such as blueberries and strawberries, is to enjoy them when they have been ripened to the point where the sugars and acid levels are balanced to give you a new-season taste explosion.

These indigo (a cross between blue and purple) berries are a native of North America and have only been grown commercially in volumes since the 1980s. They are found in compotes, preserves, jellies and jams.

Health benefits of blueberries stem mainly from their incredibly high levels of antioxidant phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are non-vitamin, non-mineral components of food and each phytonutrient is unique in both its physical characteristics and its function. Research has shown that phytonutrients help our cells communicate with each other more efficiently, preventing mutations and the proliferation of cancer cells.

There is still much more that we are learning about the powers of phytonutrients. To understand them more, you need to eat more. So here they are.

I am off to have another blueberry smoothie to get me through the frantic times just before Christmas.

BLUEBERRY YOGHURT SMOOTHIE

1 cup plain yoghurt

1 cup fresh Marlborough blueberries

cup milk

1 dash Marlborough honey

Ice

Place yoghurt, fruit, milk, a handful of ice and honey to taste into a blender.

Blend until smooth.

Taste it for sweetness.

Add more honey if needed.

Pour, drink and enjoy!

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- The Marlborough Express

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