Growing up, one of my fondest memories was going out and picking wild blackberries and bringing them back so my grandmother could make us delicious treats! My cousin and I would spend hours and suffer cuts from thorns getting as many berries as we could.
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Wild Blueberries are wildly different from the regular blueberries you normally find in the produce section. Don’t be fooled by their size—they pack more into their tiny blue bodies than any other blueberry on the planet! These tiny gems have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries, probably due to the fact that the plants are more genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading and interlocking naturally across fields over thousands of years. That diversity is what gives Wild Blueberries their complex and delicious flavor—an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet.
Additionally, Wild Blueberries have two times the antioxidant capacity of the larger cultivated blueberries. A growing body of research shows the potential health benefits of Wild Blueberries including gut health, diabetes, cancer, and brain health. 99% of the Wild Blueberry crop is frozen fresh at harvest, which locks in their nutrition and taste. They are truly a gift from Mother Nature — they have occurred naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada for 10,000 years. The retail price for a 15-ounce bag of Wild Blueberries starts at $3.59. A 3-pound bag retails for about $10.
In the mornings, I’m usually looking for something that is healthy, hearty, and fast when I’m getting ready for work. This baked oatmeal dish fit the bill – and it’s great either warm of cold!