Berries have been part of the human diet for centuries. While there is no doubt that they are delicious, it’s great to know that they do us some good also. Packed with a variety of health-enhancing properties, blueberries are some of the best fruits on the planet! Read on to find out more about these delicious, best quality blueberries…
We grow our Blueberries in tunnels with a method called Protective cropping. This means we cover our blueberries in the tunnels to protect them from birds and other prey. Blueberry plants are in general very hardy and able to brave cold weather spells during the year.
Typically, the Irish Blueberry season is live in July and August. Here at Keelings we produce Irish blueberries from as early as mid-June through to August and into September.
Blueberry plants generally take between 4-8 years before they start producing any blueberries but can live for up to 50 years.
Blueberry plants are easy to maintain – just remember to use acidic compost/soil and water with rainwater regularly. You can grow them any time of the year but remember that they only harvest fruit between July and September. The 2 main ways in which you can grow your own blueberries at home:
We recommend buying a plant already a few years old so that you can reap the benefits of blueberries as soon as possible. These are readily available in your local garden centre.
From a pot
Water your plant before replanting. Fill half the pot with acidic soil-based compost, place your plant into the pot and cover with the remaining compost. Pat down firmly and water well. Keep the soil wet at all times using rainwater and feed every month during the growing season (April to September). Also remember to place in a sunny spot to get the best out of your plant.
From the ground
Make sure to plant your blueberry bush somewhere sunny but which also receives some shade. Water you plant before planting out. Dig you hole as deep as the pot deep and twice as wide, loosening the plants roots and placing into the ground. Cover up to the stem with acidic soil and ensure it’s adequately watered with rainwater.
Choose plump firm & dry blueberries that are dark blue with a silvery bloom and free from stems or leaves
Blueberries are best eaten slightly chilled or at room temperature
Only wash your blueberries just before eating
Many hail blueberries as a ‘superfood’. Blueberries contain antioxidants which have disease-fighting properties that protect cells from damage and are also high in potassium and vitamins C. Not only do they lower the risk of heart disease, improve memory research has also shown that by eating blueberries you can help prevent cancer.
Blueberries contain 50% more antioxidants than strawberries, 100% more than oranges and 400% more than broccoli!
Did you know? Blueberries are the only food that is truly naturally blue in colour. This blue pigmentation is also the reason blueberries have amazing health benefits
A single blueberries plant can produce up to 6,000 blueberries every year!
The dusty coating on a blueberry is referred to as “Bloom” and acts as a natural shield towards insects – it also keeps the blueberry fresher for longer
“You have to be very delicate when handling blueberries. The best way to pick blueberries from a plant is to comb them into your hands and the best way to eat them is in bunches!”
Denis, Senior Grower
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Keelings Raspberries; silky to touch and a soft delicate texture. The taste of raspberries is the perfect balance between tart and sweet.
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Keeling’s Grapes are seedless! So you can enjoy these sweet, juicy pops of flavour with no hassle or fuss.
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