Irish Blueberries by Derryvilla Blueberry Farm

Irish blueberries have grown in popularity over the last few years and Derryvilla Blueberry Farm has played a major role in raising the profile of the Irish blueberry industry. The notion that blueberries can only be grown in North America and Canada is a myth as there are a large number of small blueberry growers around Ireland and blueberries can be grown very successfully at home in large patio pots.

Derryvilla pesticide-free blueberries are grown in open bogland outside Portarlington in Co Offaly. The 20-acre plantation is owned by John and Belinda Seager for whom growing blueberries has been a labour of love for many years. The blueberry season runs from late July through to end September and this year, thanks to the sun and heat during May and June, the crop is looking plentiful. Fresh and frozen blueberries will be available during August and September. Derryvilla Farm also offers a ‘Pick-Your-Own’ experience on weekdays and weekends.

Blueberries are widely regarded as one of the world’s superfoods, due to their high antioxidant content. Antioxidants are vital for fighting various diseases that besiege our bodies from time to time, in particular in the prevention, or delaying of such diseases as cancer, heart disease, ailments associated with the aging process. Research from a study carried out at Reading University claims that eating blueberries can improve our memory and reverse forgetfulness that comes with old age; this has positive implications for future treatment and prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s. A Canadian study claims that adding blueberries to our diet can help to cut cholesterol levels. Other research claims that blueberries can help to protect the body against cystitis and urinary tract infections. Blueberries are widely acclaimed as a ‘flagship’ food in the fruit category.

For more information on Derryvilla Blueberry Farm call 057 864 2882.