The Lac Saint-Jean BluberriesAugust 15, 2015
At Oatbox, we are constantly striving to find the best available ingredients in order to deliver the highest quality mixes to your door! When we created our August mixes, we wanted to use seasonal and organic ingredients – as we always do.
Our chef decided to go on a mission to find THE most flavourful blueberry for her “Wild Blueberries and Poppy Seeds” mix. We ended up in the motherland of blueberries – the Lac Saint-Jean.
We visited the town of Dolbeau-Mistassini to meet with our dehydrated blueberry producer, Bleuet Nordic, and spent an afternoon with the owner, Réjean Fortin.
Here are some interesting facts on the blueberries that you will find in this month’s Oatbox mix:
- The Bleuet Nordic dehydrated blueberries in your mix have all been picked by hand. In fact, hundreds of people in the Lac Saint-Jean region spend the summer season harvesting the berries.
- These blueberries are wild, meaning that they grow without the help of any pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or any other additives. The blueberries are thus smaller, but significantly more flavourful.
- We learned that the blueberry is a very delicate fruit to transform. The dehydration process is much more complex than that of the grape or cranberry. One reason for this is due to the fact that the berry must be intact to be transformed.
- The blueberry is a super fruit. It is very rich in Vitamin C, and contains more antioxidant properties than other berries. Moreover, the wild blueberry found in our mix has more antioxidants than a cultivated one.