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Wild Blueberry Port Spread 212ml

Wild blueberry spread with Newman's Port! Wild blueberries are sweet in taste and far superior to their cultivated cousins. Wild blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, niacin, manganese, carbohydrates, and dietary fibre.

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Wild Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium). There are several species of blueberries worldwide of which one, possibly two, grow in Newfoundland. These are a low-growing subshrub, anywhere from 2-24" inches in length usually forming dense, extensive colonies. They are generally found in Newfoundland's forests, coastal headlands, high moors, peaty barrens, and exposed rocky outcrops. The picking season is anywhere from mid-August to late September. Very sweet in taste they are far superior to their cultivated cousins. Wild blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, niacin, manganese, carbohydrates, and dietary fibre. They also contain little sodium or fat and are high in anthocyanins and antioxidants.

The origins of the practice of aging Newman's Port in Newfoundland dates back to 1679. According to tradition, in the fall of 1679 a Portuguese vessel loaded with port wine bound for London slipped its moorings. As it floated out to sea it encountered French privateers. The privateers drove the ship further off course and, in attempts to escape, it ventured out into the Atlantic. After weathering severe Atlantic storms, the captain decided to head for St. John's, where the ship stayed for the winter months. The cargo of port wine was safely stored in caves in the Southside Hills of St. John's.

The following spring the vessel finally completed its long, arduous journey to England. It was soon discovered that the port that had over-wintered in Newfoundland had acquired a bouquet, a smoothness and a flavour that it did not have before. From that point on, Newman and Company decided to age its port wine in Newfoundland. The practice continued at the wine vaults on Water Street from the early nineteenth century onwards. The wine was aged in the vaults by the Newman's until at least 1893, possibly until 1914.

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Wild Blueberry Port Spread 212ml

Wild Blueberry Port Spread 212ml

Wild blueberry spread with Newman's Port! Wild blueberries are sweet in taste and far superior to their cultivated cousins. Wild blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, niacin, manganese, carbohydrates, and dietary fibre.

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