Hello, my name is Violet Beauregarde. You may remember me from Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was the kid who chewed a lot of gum—and I mean A LOT—and while visiting Mr. Wonka’s factory, I got excited and grabbed one of his inventions. Short story shorter, the dang gum backfired, and I turned into a giant blueberry and had to be rolled away by the Oompa Loompas. Well, I would just like to say that having been a blueberry—really BEEN in the mind and body of a blueberry—blueberries are great, and they really want the best for you. That’s why they’re so good!
Some people might say that blueberries have the blues. That’s just not true AT ALL. Blueberries are pretty upbeat. They LIKE the blues—R&B and Chicago blues, etc.—but they’re not what you’d call “blue” in the bummed out way. Blueberries are fun and fun-loving. Just put some in your pancake batter or on top of granola or yogurt, and you’ll see: they know how to boogie-woogie!
Another misconception people may have about blueberries is that they aren’t sweet. Well, they sure are sweet! Believe me, I ate a lot of candy before I became a blueberry, and I mean A LOT. I was kinda cranky and hyper a lot too—and being a blueberry really mellowed me out. Blueberries have a glycemic index value of around 50 (70 and above is considered high) which means they don’t have a lot of sugar in them—but that doesn’t mean they’re not delectably delicious!. You might like to include blueberries in your diet if you want to regulate your blood sugar levels.
See? Blueberries are good for you! They’re fun and sweet, AND they have antioxidants that do all kinds of good things for your health.
Heidi Lewis writes about farms, bees, and fruit from her home in Sonoma County, CA. She’s been with The FruitGuys since they were FruitKids.