If you've heard of the Medical Medium, you've undoubtedly heard of Wild Blueberries. They're his number one recommended food and he makes some very big claims about their benefits.
He's not the only one though. These potent little berries really are packed with a plethora of vitamins, nutrients and healing properties and are said to have the highest proportion of antioxidants of any food on the planet!
Wild Blueberries have been around for tens of thousands of years. Harvested by American Indians for centuries, they have adapted to every fluctuation in climate and continue to thrive in the extreme conditions of Northern America and Canada.
According to the Medical Medium "Their innate intelligence has prevented them from accepting a monoculture; instead, they thrive with more than 100 variable strains that look similar yet have different genetic makeups, so that these plants can never be eradicated, no matter what comes in the future."
Wild Blueberries are recognised by nutrition experts for their sky-high levels of antioxidants and studies are beginning to show that this remarkable fruit may be effective in preventing macular degeneration, memory decline and inhibiting both the initiation and growth of cancer.
But the Medical Medium claims this is only the tip of the iceberg and that "100 years from now, medical science will use the wild blueberry as the key to unlock the secrets of how to heal disease." He says they are "the most powerful brain food in existence, the most potent prebiotic there is, and a star at restoring the liver. There is more information in one wild blueberry plant than there is on the entire Internet"!
What's more, the Medical Medium claims "There is not a cancer that wild blueberries cannot prevent, nor a disease known to humankind that wild blueberries do not protect you from."
So how are they different to regular blueberries?
Conventional blueberries are a species that has been cross-bred over the last few decades to grow larger and hardier berries that last longer and can be transported more easily. They are a good source of antioxidants and nutrients but contain only a fraction of the antioxidant capacity of the resilient, native, wild blueberries.
Wild Blueberries grow on low bushes and are prolific throughout North America and Canada. They are not planted but spread primarily by rhizomes or underground runners, which give rise to new shoots and stems. They grow naturally, in harmony with nature, not against it. In some towns, local supporters take time off work to help harvest them.
They are able to withstand extreme conditions including icy winters.They are so hardy that they can be burned to the ground and will come back stronger than ever. According to the Medical Medium "No other food on the planet has the ability to thrive in such trying conditions. It is the number-one adaptogen, period."
He says "Bringing cultivated blueberries into your life is like drinking from a paper cup; bringing wild blueberries into your life is like drinking from the golden cup that Jesus once drank from—the Holy Grail!"
Do they taste different?
Yes, Wild Blueberries have a more intense, tangy, sweet flavour than cultivated blueberries. They're smaller and more compact which means you get more per kilo. They're perfect for freezing and hold their shape, texture and colour through a variety of baking processes.
How to get them.
Wild Blueberries are available in Brisbane in powder form or frozen. We get ours from a small local business who imports them frozen from Canada. They're 100% certified organic and frozen right after picking so the nutritional value is maintained.
They're not available at all our pick-up locations as we don't have freezers all over town but you can collect them from any one of these locations: Chuwar, Kenmore, Norman Park and Wynnum.
They thaw quickly and are delicious eaten on their own or in smoothies, chia seed pudding, muffins, cakes or smoothies.