BLUEBERRIES FROM CHILE
Situated in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile produces a wide diversity of fruit species, highlighting table grapes, apples, blueberries, avocados, pears, kiwis, nectarines, plums and cherries.
Chile’s fruit sector, with more than 200 thousand planted hectares with different fruit species, creates thousands of both permanent and seasonal jobs, representing one of the pillars of the country’s growth and development.
Chile is the main exporter of fresh fruit in the Southern Hemisphere with comercial networks in more than 100 countries around the world.
The blueberries from Chile are available from october to april each year, when there is no production available in the main markets in the world, situated in the northern hemisphere.
Chile is today the second largest growing country of cultivated blueberries in the world and its production is the most relevant in the southern hemisphere.
Chile has 15,601 hectares planted with Highbush blueberries. Different varieties and the geographic distribution of the plantings defines a season that begins in early october in the Northern regions, and ends in april with the production coming from the Southern regions of the country.
The distribution (in hectares) is as follows:
III + IV Region: 288
V Region: 236
RM Region: 194
VII Region: 4,588
VIII Region: 4,682
IX Region: 1,720
XIV + X Region: 2,905
Weekly shiptments (ton) of fresh blueberries
Export Makets for fresh blueberries from Chile
HEALTH AND NUTRITION
With scarcely 80 calories per cup and practically no fat, blueberries offer important benefits to our nutrition and health.
Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. A portion contains approximately 14mg or almost 25 % of the daily vitamin C requirement that helps collagen formation and strengthens our gums. It also helps iron absorption and contributes to the wellbeing of our immune healthy system.
Blueberries are a good source of fiber A diet high in fiber helps keep our heart strong and keep low cholesterol levels. Additionally, fiber helps our digestion and gives it certain regularity.
Excellent source of Manganese Manganese plays an important role in the development of our bones and in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fat.
Blueberries are a good source of antioxidants Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, unstable molecules related to the formation of diverse diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular problems and others related to aging such as Alzheimer. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), blueberries are one of the foods with the highest ratio of antioxidants per portion.