New England colonists mistakenly gave the name of familiar European hurtleberries, whortleberries, and bilberries to the somewhat similar-looking native plants they found and that we call blueberries. Native Americans used dried blueberries somewhat
Alaskan red-backed voles so adore blueberries that they acquire blue teeth during blueberry season.
Blueberries appear to help reduce brain-aging, such as that implicated in Alzheimer's disease. According to the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, blueberries contain compounds endowed with the highest amount of anti-oxidant capacity among the 40 fruits and vegetables tested. Anthocyanin seems to be the good-guy here, also correlated with cancer-prevention and vision-preservation.
Blueberries should have a waxy silvery bloom, and should never be soaked. One pint of berries provides about four to five servings of fresh fruit.