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Re: Blueberries on pizza?

Yeah, I'm a real health food nut.  All blueberries and wheat germ and stuff.

Bill Meyer wrote:

Hi Chick,      Read your piece on hybridizing and really liked it, but one thing really intrigued me--------Why would someone want to put blueberries on pizza? Blueberries in an article on breeding? Hmmmm what could be on his mind? Then I found the following:                                                                                              ...........Bill Meyer  

Plant of the Month 
Blueberries - the natural Viagra?

Roses are red, Violets and Viagra are blue…
February is the month when love is in the air. Valentines Day is here along with roses, chocolates, a romantic evening and… blueberries.

That's right, blueberries. 

Recently, I was at a horticultural seminar where the speaker, an aussie from down under, stated that blueberries were a natural viagra. After the meeting, I noticed some of the folks stopping by the local grocer on their way home. This caused me to wonder why there wasn't any public awareness concerning these fruits. In my research, I've found that these little gems are quite a healthy bite and therefore I am whole heartedly, at least for Valentine's Day, recommending the Blueberry bush as February's plant of the month. 

Blueberries, also known as Bilberries, (or in latin, Vaccinium myrtillus) are from the family name Ericaceae and are cousins to the cranberry. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Research Center on Aging, blueberries are the tops of the food chain when it comes to their antioxidant power. They are known to help prevent a leading cause of blindness and can even improve night vision. In Japan, blueberries are called the "Vision Fruit." 

Blueberries and their antioxidants can help to protect your vision and arteries, keep your skin younger and wrinkle-proof, and even strengthen your body's natural defenses. They have been shown to improve short-term memory potential. Currently, studies indicate they promote urinary tract health as well. 

Unfortunately, I've been unable to find anyone to verify that blueberries are the natural viagra. I am skeptical as I have been unable to find proof, other than that the actual viagra pill is blue, and a blueberry would be a natural alternate to a blue pill placebo. So, until I find out otherwise, I will continue to add these fruits to my pancakes, muffins, yogurt and other breakfast foods… just for the health of it, of course.

Until next time - Have a very berry February!
The Plant Man 


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