Amazing Wild BlueberriesIf you have never seen wild blueberries, you are missing out. They are amazing!! I love them. They are these little tiny nutrient packed gems!! This is a gorgeous, sticky, taffy-like wild blueberry five ingredient jam!
Wild Blueberries are wildly different from the regular blueberries you normally find in the produce section. Don’t be fooled by their size—they pack more into their tiny blue bodies than any other blueberry on the planet!
Wild Blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries. Wild Blueberry plants are more genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading and interlocking naturally across fields over thousands of years. That diversity is what gives Wild Blueberries their complex and delicious flavor—an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet. Makes them perfect for so many recipes. After we made this Highland Jam we made some Coconut Flour Wild Blueberry pancakes to put them on top of.. YES, we do love the taste of these berries.
Wild Blueberries have two times the antioxidant capacity of the larger cultivated blueberries. A growing body of research shows the potential health benefits of Wild Blueberries including gut health, diabetes, cancer, and brain health.
99% of the Wild Blueberry crop is frozen fresh at harvest, which locks in their nutrition and taste. Wild Blueberries are called “Wild” because they are not planted— they have occurred naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada for 10,000 years.
These organic Wild Blueberries for a 10-ounce to 15-ounce bag run about $3.59. A 3-pound bag retails for about $10.
Wild Blueberry Highland Jam Recipe5 bags 365 Organic wild blueberries - 10 oz each bag
2 1/2 pounds Organic Vegan sugar
2 ounces fresh squeezed organic lemon juice
1 ounce fresh squeezed organic lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons Glen Morangie Highland Single Scotch Whiskey (if you are hard core paleo and can't even cook with a little just opt this ingredient out. But it is so little and just adds a unique sugary complexity to the jam)
Now before you go crazy, remember that all forms of sugar are sugar. Honey, Coconut Sugar, Molasses... it's all just sugars when they are broken down and each have their pros and cons. For me, if you are going to make something that is a treat, then just use sugar. This recipe isn't for everyone in the Paleo Vegeo realm, but also just being vegetarian and paleo is off the beaten path anyway, am I right? Most Paleo Jam recipes are going to use honey, and also gelatin. If you are vegan or vegetarian you probably won't use either, so I opted to use a Vegan and Organic NON-GMO sugar as my option.Directions:
1. If you have picked your wild berries watch for stems, but either way give them a good rinse because they can sneak into the bags here and there.
2. In a large bowl combine the berries sugar, lemon juice and lime juice. Then cover and place into the fridge overnight.
Wild Berries, Lemon, Lime and Sugar... Like The Best Candy Ever!
It really looks like candy when you place it in the fridge. I took a small spoonful and thought it was actually even better than candy!! Maybe next time I will see if I can blend it into an ice cream/gelato because that was amazingly sweet!!
3. Mix your Glen Morangie Highland Single Scotch Whiskey into the mix once you take the berries out of the fridge. (if you really want the flavor not the sugar add this in after you finish the boil)
4. Place the berry mixture into a large pot and brought it to a boil. We used our large brewing pot, you need at least a 12 quart pot because it will get very bubbly and you don't want a mess.
6. Here is where you could add additional Highland Scotch into your jam. We used a silicone cutting board as a funnel to pour our jam into the mason jars.
I just entered the #WildBlueberrySide Recipe Contest with this recipe and you should too! Submit your recipes using frozen Wild Blueberries for a chance to win a Vitamix® Blender or Whole Foods gift cards. This contest is for bloggers only! Get more details here http://bit.ly/wildbbry Make sure if you make it a Paleo Vegeo recipe that you hashtag #paleovegeo so that I can take a look!! Can't wait!! You can learn more about Wild Blueberries at http://www.wildblueberries.com/
Disclosure: I was given these amazing Wild Blueberries to be able to share a wonderful recipe or two with you from the Wild Blueberry Association and Moms Meet .Learn more online at: