Blueberries are often called a "superfood" for good reason. They are packed with antioxidants that help your body fight to keep free radicals in check.
Along with other berries, such as cranberries and strawberries, blueberries are among your best dietary sources of bioactive compounds like anthocyanins, flavonols, ellagic acid and resveratrol.
Blueberries are also an excellent source of:
- Vitamin K1
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
Blueberries also contain fair amounts of vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) and E, as well as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. In addition to their vitamin and mineral content, the phytonutrients and polyphenols in blueberries offer even more potential benefits.
If you're in the mood for a snack that's as potentially healthy as it is delicious, reach for blueberries, a powerhouse of nutrition all wrapped up in a perfect bite-sized package.
However, due to their high-fructose sugar content (approximately 15 grams per one cup serving), it would be wise to consider moderating your daily input of whole blueberries.
The good news is there’s another source of blueberries that’s almost completely free of sugar and offers even more potential benefits.
The Magic of Fermentation
Although far less known than fresh blueberries, blueberry vinegar is another source of blueberries worth considering – and its benefits may even exceed those of whole blueberries.
The two main factors of why blueberry vinegar offers additional benefits over fresh bite-size blueberries are polyphenol content and fermentation.
Polyphenols (also known as phenolics) are phytochemicals, natural plant chemicals with powerful antioxidant properties. There are over 8,000 identified polyphenols found in foods, such as tea, chocolates, fruits, vegetables and herbs.
When it comes to polyphenol content, blueberries contain some of the most abundant amounts when compared to other fruits.
When fermentation is used to make vinegar from blueberries, the bioactivity of the blueberries may actually be enhanced and the polyphenols better preserved.
In addition, the fermentation process used to make blueberry vinegar removes all the fructose (sugar) in the berries.
Unfortunately, not all blueberry vinegars are of the highest quality and maintain their “zero” sugar content after final processing…
Solspring® Organic Blueberry Vinegar – A True Fruit Vinegar Without the Added Sugar
Produced and bottled in the U.S., our Solspring® Organic Blueberry Vinegar is exclusively made by extracting the juice directly from crushed organic blueberries.
The process utilized to make our Organic Blueberry Vinegar differs from how many other common vinegars are made. These other “fruit” vinegars infuse the flavor of the fruit into a wine vinegar or cider vinegar. Oftentimes, a fruit concentrate or processed juice is used to create the flavor “illusion” of a fruit vinegar.
Our Organic Blueberry Vinegar is a true fruit vinegar made from scratch with wild-grown organic blueberries.
A traditional fermentation process is utilized to produce the vinegar, helping to preserve aroma and flavor as well as remove the sugar.
The end result is a raw, unpasteurized blueberry vinegar with the “mother” intact and a tart, full-bodied flavor. The “mother” culture is a colony of beneficial bacteria. Only present in raw, unfiltered organic vinegars, the “mother” appears as dark, strand-like chains of cloudy, enzyme rich probiotic bacteria.
With zero grams of sugar per serving, our Solspring® Organic Blueberry Vinegar is enjoyable as a dressing for fruit salads, vegetables and other culinary dishes. It can also be used as an added ingredient in sauces or as a marinade for meats.
Why Organic is a Must-Have
There are many reasons why we made sure our Organic Blueberry Vinegar was certified USDA Organic – and the most important reason lies in the blueberries themselves.
According to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) list of produce containing high pesticide residues, blueberries were placed in their top 17 for 2020.
In addition, researchers at Harvard University, conducting a scientific study on potential effects of pesticide intake from fruits and vegetables, identified blueberries with a high pesticide residue score.
Both domestic and imported blueberries sold in the U.S. are sprayed with potentially toxic pesticides, particularly non-organic blueberries. To help reduce your pesticide exposure, the EWG recommends eating organic produce.
To minimize your potential exposure to pesticide residues, we chose a partner who only uses organic wild-grown blueberries to make our Organic Blueberry Vinegar.
These organic blueberries are primarily sourced from the northern sector of Quebec’s Lac Saint-Jean region. Quebec is one of Canada’s major wild blueberry growing regions and North America’s near-exclusive growing region for organically-certified wild blueberries.
How Our American Vinegar-Maker Delivers the Best
Our Solspring® Organic Blueberry Vinegar partner has quite an intriguing history.
The original founder of the company initially discovered that there were not many, if any, real fruit vinegars on the market, especially in the U.S.
Trained and mentored in an Austrian vinegar-making school on how to use the traditional European process that dates back to the 1800s, our partner founded the small U.S. company in 2013 that now produces real fruit vinegar.
By retaining the traditional process and by avoiding any shortcuts when making true fruit vinegar, here’s why this artisanal vinegar-maker produces the best blueberry vinegar on the planet:
Blueberry Vinegar-Making Comparison
||Solspring® Organic Blueberry Vinegar
||Mass-produced blueberry vinegars
||This vinegar is made exclusively from wild-grown, organic blueberries sourced from northern Quebec, Canada.
||Processed fruit juice or fruit concentrate are used to make the vinegar.
|Vinegar creation approach
||Made in the U.S. from scratch with wild-grown blueberries, this is a true fruit vinegar.
||These vinegars are created from cider or wine vinegars and infused with fruit juice or concentrate.
||Utilizes an enhanced process (7-14 days) that simulates the “old school,” traditional process that helps ensure quality and flavor are not compromised.
||The industrial processes with giant machines mass produce the vinegar often within 24 hours. This diminishes the vinegar’s flavor and color.
||The crushed organic blueberries are first fermented into a fruit wine, and then further fermented over beechwood shavings in a closed system with circulating oxygen to create a fruit vinegar. This traditional fermentation process, called “trickling," is used to produce the vinegar slowly, helping to preserve its aroma and flavor.
||The often used “submerged fermentation” process along with air injection is used to speed up the process, resulting in the vinegar losing flavor and color over time.
||The fermentation process removes all the sugar – yeast converts sugar to alcohol and is removed. The end result is zero grams of sugar per serving.
||Sugar is often added back in when processed fruit juice or concentrate is used in the infusion process. Sometimes other sugars are added to “sweeten” the flavor.
||Due to the traditional process, the beneficial “mother” is left intact.
||Oftentimes, the “mother” does not survive industrial fermentation processes, or in some cases, it is removed by the vinegar maker for appearance purposes.
||Acidic level is at 4% to enhance taste while being less acidic.
||Most mass-produced fruit vinegars have a higher acidity at 5-6%.
Be a Hit With Family and Friends When You Flavor Foods With This Extraordinary Vinegar
You have many fruit vinegar selections on the market to choose from.
However, mass-produced fruit vinegars can’t compare when it comes to quality, taste, aroma and color of organic, slowly processed ones.
With its made-from-scratch traditional process that yields a blueberry vinegar second to none, why not simply go for the best with our Solspring® Organic Blueberry Vinegar?
With zero grams of sugar per serving, lower acidity (4%) and the beneficial “mother” intact, our Solspring® Organic Blueberry Vinegar can help you create culinary delights – use it as a salad dressing, add to your favorite veggies, use as a delightful sauce ingredient or simply as a marinade for meats.
Experience the difference of organic and traditional fermentation, and order your supply today.