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What fruit is more nutritious than blueberries?

There is an easily grown fruit that is more productive and has far more anthocyanins than Blueberry ‘superfoods’… so why don’t more of us grow it?

Unlike many other plant based nutrients, anthocyanins are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and animal studies have shown them accumulating in the areas of the brain associated with intelligence The Annals of Neurology reported that a diet rich in berries delayed cognitive ageing in elderly patients by 2.5 years with higher fruit consumption appearing to slow the rate of mental decline.

Blueberries are rightly identified as having high levels of fruit based anthocyanins and a small scale trial of blueberry juice consumption in a group with cognitive impairment showed an improvement in learning and memory as well as easing of symptoms of depression. However, according to the United States Department of Agriculture there is a fruit that is very productive, easily grown in the UK which well and truly beats Blueberries in the phytonutrient stakes.


Please step into the limelight… the humble British blackcurrant!

Blackcurrants are an easy to grow British native that will delight you with fruit from mid-summer. Perfect for eating fresh off the plant or using to make jams and preserves.

Blackcurrant ‘Ben Connan’
With large, sweet blackcurrants! This variety has an Award of Garden Merit from the RHS, and produces high yields for 10 years or more.

Read our article on how to get the very best nutrition from your home grown fruit and vegetables here.

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One thought on “What fruit is more nutritious than blueberries?”

  1. The fruit that has topped anthocyanin and antioxidant counts (as much as 4 times
    redox and orac antioxidants as blueberry) is Aronia melanocarpa.
    Refer to latest research results on this fruit, that I have been juicing for 18 years in somerset.

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