Celebrate Frozen Fruit Month with Wyman’s of Maine: Frozen is as Fresh as Fresh
If you didn’t already know, March is frozen fruit month. If you are like me and live in a cold state where fresh fruit is only found in the store (and not always in the best condition), you will be interested in Wyman’s of Maine. I do purchase frozen fruit from time to time; but usually it has crystals in it; which makes me wonder how long it sat between being packaged and reaching the store.
Although the bushes and trees are bare in Maine, Wyman’s thinks ahead and picks their fruit fresh, and quick freezing it. This allows the freshness to be captured and ready for you to enjoy. You can Celebrate frozen fruit month in March with Wyman’s of Maine wild blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and mangoes. We purchased (with coupons supplied by Wyman’s to facilitate our review), raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and mixed berries. My husband enjoyed some on his cereal, where as my daughter was so excited to make her favorite smoothie shown pictured above.
- 8oz milk (Abbey uses whole milk, you can use what you choose)
- 1 cup of Vanilla Yogurt (sometimes she adds more for consistency) We use light yogurt and you can use any flavor you choose.
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries ( any combination is yours to choose)
- 1 tbsp protein powder (this is optional)
- Put yogurt, milk, protein powder in blender or hand blender cup.
- Add Yogurt, blend well.
- Add frozen fruit, either a bit at a time or all at once depending on your blender, hand blender strength.
- If you want your shake thinner you can add more milk.
- Add your straw and enjoy.
Both my husband and my daughter were both impressed how great these tasted. My daughter commented she really loved that there were not any crystals like the normal frozen fruit I have purchased. We found Wyman’s Frozen Fresh fruit at Walmart, but it is available in other stores.
You can visit Wyman’s online to read all about their process, recipe ideas, health advantages and more. I am going to include some information that Wyman’s sent me. This information was not written by me, but I felt it was very informative not to share.
How Wyman’s keeps their fruit so fresh
The best way to consume fruit is at the peak of its freshness. If you have a bush of wild blueberries in your back yard, by all means, pluck those berries off the bush and eat them immediately. If not, consuming fruit that has been IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) or flash frozen in the next best thing. To lock in the freshness and taste, Wyman’s of Maine froze their fruit within 24 hours of harvest to prevent the slow growth of ice crystals inside, which expand and destroy the cell structure, which leads to mushy fruit. Wyman’s fruit, however, will taste as fresh as the day it was picked (sans mush). The FDA has concluded that frozen produce is just as healthy as fresh and may even retain their nutritional value longer. Wild blueberries, Wyman’s of Maine’s original products are bursting not only with flavor, but with nutrients too. Wild blueberries do the body good with a higher level of antioxidants than 40 other fruits and vegetables!
Wyman’s of Maine has been in the fruit business ever since they started by growing wild blueberries in 1874, so they know their stuff when it comes to growing, harvesting and freezing fruit. Wild blueberries are native to Maine and the Canadian Maritimes where Wyman’s owns 10,000 acres of land. All their fruit is grown in an environmentally sustainable way with the interest of fresh fruit and care for the land. When properly stored, the shelf life of Wyman’s fruit can last up to two years, which is quite a long time to enjoy one harvest of frozen fruit. Wyman’s is available in the freezer section of a variety of retailers nationally.
Ways to celebrate Frozen Fruit Month:
· A smoothie a day keeps the doctor away – Mix and match Wyman’s frozen fruits to create a new breakfast or snack smoothie each day of March.
· Bottoms up – Who says it’s too cold for a frozen drink? Blend Wyman’s fruit into a crafty cocktail or drop wild blueberries to the bottom of your sparkling wine for extra flavor that will keep your drink cool.
· Thaw and toss – Thaw any of Wyman’s frozen fruit and toss into a leafy green or grain salad for a colorful meal that hits multiple food groups.
· Bring out your inner Betty Crocker – Before wild blueberries were known as a super fruit, Wyman’s sold their wild blueberries exclusively for baking. Their petite size leaves less room for water, which means less water in your homemade muffins, cakes and breads.
· Stud your breakfast – Wyman’s fruit is perfect for decorating greek yogurt, cereal, oatmeal or your favorite breakfast.
· Snack attack – Incorporate Wyman’s frozen fruit into wild blueberry chocolate bark, trail mix, or eat right out of the bag.
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Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.