Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ethical Eating; Every Week Food Writer JOANNA BLYTHMAN Addresses Your Culinary Concerns

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ethical Eating; Every Week Food Writer JOANNA BLYTHMAN Addresses Your Culinary Concerns

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BLUEBERRIES

BRITAIN is in the grip of blueberry fever. These little blue fruits that pop appealingly in the mouth, disgorging their sharpsweet juices have attained "superfood" status. Not only are they a rich source of vitamins A and C, they are treasure troves of desirable anthocyanoside compounds, whose therapeutic properties include improving circulation, eyesight, easing arthritis and much else.

But stop to think about where they come from. In winter and early spring, they are imported from Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The thousands of air miles they clock up and the resulting carbon emissions generated, are clearly not great for the planet, so you need to be on the lookout for berries that are grown close to home. The Spanish crop is now coming into our shops, to be followed by French, German, Dutch and Polish berries.

But blueberries grow well in Britain too. The season runs from July to September and the biggest plantings in the UK are in Dorset, from family growers the Trehanes. …

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