Blueberry Wine Information
Primitive man was a hunter and gatherer, and one of the things they gathered were berries. Blueberries and their relatives, being chock full of antioxidants and nutrients, were a primary source of nutrition for our ancestors. By the times of the Greeks and Romans, blueberry relatives were a much loved part of the daily diet. The delicious spheres were known as "vaccinium" back then, named after the cows that would nibble on them.
Blueberries have been known to pretty much every culture. When explorers came to the Americas, they found the native Americans using blueberries in marinades and for medicinal purposes. This native American type of blueberry is the one that most associate with the word "blueberry" in modern times. This small colorful seed pod has made its way into many myths, mainly because of bears who love to eat them.
Berry vs Fruit
A berry is an object where the ovary of the plant becomes the actual outside of the edible object. So things that are berries would be blackberries, grapes, dates and so on. Actually, a tomato is therefore technically a berry. On the other hand, fruits are items where the ovary is NOT the actual outside of the edible object. So those would be apples, cherries, along with things we "call" berries such as strawberries, blueberries and cranberries.
In realistic terms, though, we tend to call tiny fruits "berries" and bigger fruits either "fruits" or "vegetables". So we call a tomato a vegetable, and we call strawberries, blueberries and cranberries "berries".
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