Protects and soothes the skin
Blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) are good for the skin as they are rich in vitamins and minerals that protect and rejuvenate, helping to repair sun damage and give you a gorgeous glow.
They are high in vitamins A, C, and E, which are antioxidants that are said to help to protect the skin from damage and also help to promote cell repair and growth. They are also an excellent source of essential fatty acids, which help to regulate moisture, while their high tannin content gives them antiseptic qualities.
We buy ours from a farm in Dorset, where they are handpicked daily from June to September and whisked straight to our factory, where they are mulched into our products. However, as the UK season is so short, it does mean we have to freeze what we think we'll need outside of harvesting time, so the berries are fast-frozen as soon as they are freshly picked. We know that blueberries, unlike other fresh ingredients, still perform the same when frozen: they retain their colour, nutrients and their scrumptious plumpness. We do this because we are trying to reduce the need where we can to fly soft fruit in, allowing us to support a local business year round while also giving us the chance to be sure of the growing conditions, and know that they will reach us ripe and in perfect condition.
We buy a mixture of berries that make the short journey up the road to our factory once or twice a week while the fruit is in season. To reduce the need to fly fresh fruit in, we freeze what we think we will need outside of the growing season, fast-freezing them as soon as they are picked. Blueberries are unlike other fruits in that they freeze beautifully, retaining their plumpness, their distinctive colour, and most importantly, their nutrients.
Outside of the British blueberry season, whenever we need to use these soft berries, we gently thaw a frozen batch in the fridge overnight. By morning, our chilled blueberries are just as good as if they’d come straight from the farm that day, and are ready to be mulched into our products.
We’re pleased we can support a local grower year round, giving them an income beyond the short season. It also means we know exactly how they’re being grown, and that we’re getting prime, ripe berries that reach us in perfect condition from their short journey.