FoodJuneberry: The superfruit outshining blueberries in health benefits

Juneberry: The superfruit outshining blueberries in health benefits

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9:34 AM EDT, May 25, 2024

A little blueberry and a little berry. What is juneberry, and why should we be interested in this plant?

Juneberry (Amelanchier) is a species of plant from the rose family, and its name comes from the French word "amelanche," meaning small apples. This plant occurs in 25 species, both wild and cultivated. It is rarely cultivated, which is a pity because these small berries offer many benefits.

What are the properties of juneberry?

Juneberry fruits belong to the group of berry fruits and are considered the healthiest among fruits. They contain anthocyanins and flavonols. Anthocyanins are responsible for the berries' blue-purple color and have antioxidant effects. They protect against oxidative stress and thus prevent the development of civilization diseases, including cancers. Antioxidants also soothe inflammations, slow aging, lower high cholesterol levels, and regulate blood glucose levels.

It is worth noting that juneberry fruits contain four times more potassium and seven times more calcium and iron than blueberries. Moreover, juneberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and minerals. Their fruits support the immune system, helping fight infections, and the flavonoids in them may positively affect the heart and circulatory system.

Juneberry - how to eat it?

Juneberry is a spreading shrub or a small tree, reaching a height from 1.5 feet to 49 feet, depending on the variety. The flowers are white or slightly pink, gathered in inflorescences at the ends of the shoots, and the fruits resemble spherical purple-blue or dark blue berries. They are juicy and tasty.

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Juneberry fruits can be eaten raw or added to salads, desserts, or smoothies. Juneberry is also used to produce jams, juices, wines, and liqueurs. Its taste resembles blueberries. Juneberry fruits can be frozen and are also excellent for pastry filling.

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