The U Pick Blueberries are Closed for 2014 season. The fields will be back open in Summer 2015.
Take I-77 to exit 5 (Bluff Rd). Proceed East (away from Columbia) for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn in the gate on your left before the U-Pick Blueberry Sign. Click here for Google Maps.
Scientists have discovered many health benefits from eating blueberries. They are one of the richest sources of antioxidants of the fruits and vegetables that have been studied. Antioxidants are responsible in part for keeping us healthily and young. They help fight cell damaging "free radicals". Free radicals are unstable substances that our bodies produce as we get older. They damage human cells and our DNA. US scientists have shown that the antioxidants contained in Blueberries help to slow the ageing process and reduce the risk of cancer.
The antioxidants are contained in "Anthocyanins" (Greek word meaning "plant" and "blue") these are the reason why Blueberries are Blue ! They are responsible for the Blue color of the fruit. Strawberries and Spinach also contain high levels of antioxidants. Chemical studies in the US by the Agricultural Research Service have very recently revealed that Blueberries (as well as strawberries and raspberries) contain chemicals that decreased the growth of cervical and breast cancer cells by a considerable percentage. Blueberries have also found to contain resveratrol, another potential anti-cancer agent.
Blueberries have also shown to not only halt the ageing process but actually reverse it! Experiments have also indicated that eating Blueberries improves short term memory loss and improves balance and co-ordination.
5412 Bluff Rd
Columbia, SC 29609
Summer (based on availability)