Indigenous Bees and Wild Blueberry Pollination



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If you’ve ever suffered with a bladder or urinary tract infection, you’ll know how painful and uncomfortable things can be. The tannins in wild blueberries (and cranberries) can actually help prevent these types of infections! ... See MoreSee Less
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We know wild blueberries have a short shelf life when they are fresh, and so we have learned to use other methods! Not only were Nova Scotians freezing the berries, canning the wild blueberries was taking an upswing. In fact, in 1930, wild blueberries was recorded as the produce that had been canned the most in Annapolis Valley, NS. However, the Amherst News and Sentinel reported in 1933 that consumers seemed to vastly prefer the wild blueberry jam over the canned wild blueberries, stating that the canned version was very watery and minimal flavour. Additionally, the price of tinned wild blueberries in 1935 was $0.10 per tin, which was considerably higher than the price of fresh berries. That being said, though, canned wild blueberries still was a big industry for Nova Scotia. Tor Bay Canning Company actually reported having incredibly high profits in 1946, grossing over $20,000 that year from canned wild blueberries alone! ... See MoreSee Less
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We're starting to see some blue! The fields are changing fast, and we are eagerly waiting for harvest! ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you a breakfast person? Or do you tend to skip breakfast and fill up on coffee instead? Next time you're in the mood for a delicious breakfast, check out this recipe from Wild Blueberries: Wild Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes! High in protein, and oh-so-tasty, they are the perfect power breakfast!Wild Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes 1 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder¼ cup + 1 ½ Tablespoons sugar, dividedPinch of kosher salt1 cup part-skim ricotta½ cup low-fat milk2 lemons, juiced2 eggs, beaten1 Tablespoon butter, melted½ teaspoon vanilla extract3 cups frozen wild blueberries, dividedSpray oil¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons water2 teaspoons corn starchIn a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, 1 ½ Tablespoons sugar, and salt.In a medium mixing bowl, mix together ricotta, milk, lemon juice, eggs, butter, and vanilla.Add the flour mixture to the ricotta mixture, stirring gently until just combined.Fold in 1 cup of wild blueberries.Heat a griddle or non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Coat lightly with spray oil.Using a ¼ cup measure, pour batter onto the hot griddle.Cook the pancakes until the undersides are golden; flip and cook until other side is golden.Repeat with the remaining pancakes.Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine remaining wild blueberries with water and remaining sugar.Heat over medium-high heat, and bring to a low boil.Stir in cornstarch; turn heat down to medium and simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens to desired consistency. If sauce gets too thick, one Tablespoon water at a time.Serve sauce over pancakes.Makes 18 pancakes ... See MoreSee Less
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We love summer! One of our favourite parts, of course, would be watching the wild blueberry fields slowly turn from white flowers to juicy blueberries, ripe for the picking! With August fast approaching (which happens to be prime time for wild blueberry picking!), we put together a list of U-Picks that feature wild blueberries in the Maritimes. Take a peek at the link here: canadianwildblueberries.ca/u-pick-wild-blueberries-in-the-maritimes/Do you have a favourite spot to pick wild blueberries?? Let us know! ... See MoreSee Less
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