Last summer, I went to a blueberry farm near Pamiatkawo, in rural Poland. The resulting walk was an incredibly memorable one, when I found out that there are many different flavors and types of blackberries, all of which have a different taste, texture, and sugar increments.
Here were some fun facts that I found out about this super food, and the amazing value of a diet rich in blueberries.
- The pale, powder-like protective coating on the skin of blueberries is called “bloom,” and is indeed the most nutritious element of a blueberry.
- The blueberry is one of the only fruits that occur in nature that is naturally blue.
- Blueberries are naturally low in both fat and sodium.
- A blueberry plant has a distinct color and shape for every season, and in late autumn, all leaves turn orange, hence providing a stark contrast to green and graying landscapes of the upcoming winter season.
- Blueberries were also called “star berries” by native Americans, due to the shape of a star formed by the five points of a blueberry.
The walk was a great deal of fun, and I also got to see some fantastic landscapes along with my friend Jakub Pilch, whose parents have owned the farm and have worked on it for decades, and whose brother is the current owner, and has redesigned and innovated new methods of storing berries in coops with other farmers in the area, hence ensuring their longevity and freshness.
In the middle of our walk, it started to rain, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of Robert Frost’s lines from his famous poem.
You ought to have seen how it looked in the rain,
The fruit mixed with water in layers of leaves,
Like two kinds of jewels, a vision for thieves.
I love blueberries, and felt amazed by all the fun trivia picked up along the way.
Below are some of the other wonderful sights found along the way!