Blueberries (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus) have become very popular in Europe as an easily consumable and healthy fruit.
The distinctive colour of the blueberries comes from a pigment called anthocyanin which also belongs to the group of antioxidants. Antioxidants are known for their many health benefits and add to the blueberries advantages of already being rich in vitamin C and containing dietary fiber.
The major producers of blueberries worldwide are North America, Chile, Peru, Mexico whereas in Europe Spain, Poland, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands are among the biggest producing countries. Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, The Netherlands, France, Austria are also big importers of blueberries too.
Blueberries were called `star fruits` by North American indigenous people because of the five-pointed shape that is formed at the blossom end of the berry. The silver sheen found on the skin of blueberries is a naturally occurring compound that helps protect the fruit. Therefore, blueberries should be washed only just before you eat them.
The blueberry consumption has expanded beyond fresh fruits and ranges from pureed to powders. Freeze-drying is an excellent way of preserving the fruits before being used as ingredients and additives in food and beverages.
At Tobien Trading we offer Freeze-Dried Blueberries (cultivated and wild) in whole, grits, in different cuts, powder, as well as products from organic and conventional farming.