Our beloved grandfather, Poppy Sol, started this business in an open-air market. Three generations later, we’re still bringing smiles to our customers' faces.
— Dawn, Orovada, Nevada April 14, 2009
“You can't go wrong here!! Fabulous macadamia's!! I also ordered the dried blueberries~ OUTSTANDING!!!!!! You feel the extra customer service goes above & beyond to make u feel special! Love it! I'll be back!! TYVM!”
With flavors that range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional dynamos bursting with nutrition and flavor while being very low in calories.
Blueberries are the fruits of a shrub that belong to the heath family that includes the cranberry and bilberry. They grow in clusters and range in size from that of a small pea to a marble. They are deep in color, ranging from blue to maroon to purple-black, and feature a white-gray waxy "bloom" that covers the surface serving as a protective coat. The skin surrounds a semi-transparent flesh that encases tiny seeds. The fruit are first white, then reddish-purple, and turn blue on ripening. There are approximately 30 different species.
Blueberries are native to North America where they grow throughout the woods and mountainous regions in the United States and Canada.
While blueberries played an important role North American Indian food culture, they were not consumed in great amounts by the colonists until the mid-19th century. This was probably because people weren't accustomed to tart flavors before the widespread introduction of sweeteners.
Blueberries were not cultivated until the beginning of the 20th century, becoming commercially available in 1916. Cultivation was spearheaded by Frederick Colville, a botanist at the United States Department of Agriculture, and was forwarded by Elizabeth White, whose family established the first commercial blueberry fields.
Blueberries also have remarkable health benefits, including: improved vision, clearing arteries, more antioxidants for disease protection, strengthening blood vessels, enhanced memory, stopping urinary tract infections, reversing age-related physical and mental declines, and promoting weight control.