These aren’t just normal blueberries...these are Wild Maine Blueberries!
Yes - there IS a difference! Wild blueberries are known to be bursting with flavor and have a sweet taste that cultivated blueberries do not. The reason? Traditional, or “cultivated” blueberries - the ones you often see in supermarkets around the country - are often pumped with water after the fact. Therefore, while these cultivated blueberries often are bigger, they lose a lot of their sweetness. Wild Maine blueberries, however, are smaller and pack a punch! And the best part? Wild blueberries contain approximately half the sugar of cultivated blueberries! Crazy, right?
Wild blueberries are Beneficial!
Wild blueberries aren’t just delicious - they’re also packed with benefits! They are chock full of antioxidants (2x the amount of cultivated blueberries, in fact) like anthocyanin,which is highly known for its anti-inflammatory abilities. Additionally, wild blueberries contain 2x the amount of fiber when compared to cultivated blueberries. Fiber promotes good cholesterol, gut health, and lowers the risk of heart disease. Wild blueberries have also been shown to improve mood - specifically in children - due to the impact of flavonoids, according to research. Good for you AND the kids? Yes, please!
That New England Flavor...
Even if you are not from New England, chances are you’ve heard of a Maine Blueberry Pie - and that’s for good reason! At Mamie’s, we only use wild blueberries originating from the great state of Maine. The official state fruit, Maine’s blueberries are known and loved all over the New England region. Our founder and CEO, Kara, was born and raised in New England and loved the fresh and unique taste of the wild Maine blueberries she grew up eating in the summer - and that’s why she made it her mission to use these wonderful gems in all of her pies!
4 Ways to Spice Up Your Blueberry Pocket Pies
- Ever tried vanilla ice cream with a blueberry pie? If not, you should! There’s nothing better than a Mamie’s pocket pie with a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day!
- Whipped cream is good. Homemade whipped cream is even BETTER. We recommend mixing up a homemade batch of whipped cream (we love this recipe from Alton Brown) and adding a dollop on top of a fresh-out-the-oven blueberry pocket pie!
- Sanding sugar is the PERFECT add-on to a blueberry pocket pie. Our founder Kara loves to sprinkle just a bit of vanilla or caramel sanding sugar to the top of a pie as soon as it gets out of the oven - and it definitely makes the pie even prettier, too!
- There is NO such thing as too much blueberry - we promise. Take some of those leftover blueberries you have in the fridge and use them to create a delicious blueberry sauce that tastes delectable on top of a pocket pie! We love this recipe by Ina Garten!