The Berry Latest 
Newsletter Issue: March/April 2016

US Highbush Blueberry Council E-newsletter



Chef Hui, Magic!

Chef John Hui is a master chef and a long time friend of the blueberry industry.  He has traveled the world demonstrating his magic with blueberries.   This year, we gave him a new challenge. Knowing that he is on the front line of the beauty from within movement in his work at one of the most prestigious resorts in the nation-- we asked his assistance to present blueberry concepts that demonstrate the benefits of blueberries in beauty associated products. This involved some building block chef and food science methods.

>Masking.  Beauty from within involves the integration of ingredients that are associated with beauty.    Substances such as lutein, collagen and others all require some flavor masking.   This is where blueberries come in.

>Formats  Quite a few of the new generation beauty from within products contain all sorts of ingredients such as quinoa, chia, and other dry ingredients.  This requires the selection of low moisture ingredients such as dried blueberries and powders.

Here are just two fantastic recipes that Chef John presented in his recent Japan seminar!   Get ready for Beauty from within!


Chef Hui's Blueberry Health Bar

Recipe: part 1

21 g oat bran

60 g whole wheat flour

112 g pastry flour

31 g wheat germ

63 g brown sugar

2 g anise seeds

112 g quick oats

3 g baking soda

3 g baking powder

1 tsp salt

31 g sunflower seeds

10 g sesame seeds

1/2 each orange zest

2 each eggs

140 g apple sauce

112 g canola oil

7 g vanilla extract

Recipe: part 2

10 g crystallized ginger

294 g dried blueberries


1. mix part 1 together until smooth

2. add part 2 and mix place on sheet chill overnight

3. scale 8 oz dough and roll into logs

4. set up logs on baking pan with parchment

5. Brush logs with egg wash before baking

6. Bake at 350 F or 325 if convection oven or until done

7. Remove from oven allow to cool and cut into bars

(makes 60 bars)








Welcome back to the Blueberry Food Tech and Export World!

USHBC just conducted a very interesting seminar in Japan: titled:

Ponce, Elizabeth, Tom and John.   The Search for beauty from within.

Ponce de Leon was the Spanish Governor of Puerto Rico in the 1500s and he explored Florida looking for the "fountain of youth,:

Elizabeth White is the lady farmer who along with Frederick Coville of the USDA -- cultivated forest blueberries for market.

You all know me, Tom Payne as the person who promotes these wonderful blueberries to manufacturers around the world.  

John Hui is the Corporate Pastry Chef of the Pebble Beach Resorts who creates beautiful desserts for beautiful people.  

How does this all tie together!  Read on! 


- Tom Payne
USHBC Food Industry Consultant



Chef Hui's Blueberry Granita


224 g hot water

147 g sugar

28 g fresh lemon juice

448 g frozen blueberries


1. stir first three ingredients in small bowl until sugar dissolves. Blend 3 cups blueberries in processor until smooth.  Add sugar syrup and blend until combined.

2. Pour mixture into 13 x 9 x 2 inch nonstick metal baking pan.  Freeze until icy around edges, about 25 minutes.  Using fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan.  Freeze until mixture is frozen, stirring edges into center every 20-30 minutes, about 1.5 hrs.  Using fork, stir granita into flaky crystals.  Cover tightly and freeze.  Scrape granita into bowls.  Garnish and serve.

(makes 8 cups)



The Fountain of youth.  

Of course, there is none.  But, when Ponce de Leon thrashed through the wilds of North America, he was certainly aware of the pharmacopeia  of wild plants and medicinal herbs of the new world.  Some say the substances in the pine needles at the water springs contained beneficial substances.  In my research there are more than 30 native fruits in North America ranging from the paw paw, cranberry and of course the blueberry.  It is interesting to note that almost all native fruits have been valued by the Native Americans and early settlers for medicinal purposes.   It is also interesting to note how these fruits have often been associated with beauty and skin care.   Was Ponce de Leon onto something?

Eliazbeth's Dream.

While hundreds of native fruits such as the dewberry and paw paw are still found in the forest and require hunting and picking -- only a few native American fruits have become large scale commercial enterprises such as the concord and muscadine grape, cranberry and blueberry.   This year mark's the 100 year anniversary of Elizabeth White's first successful marketing of highbush blueberries.  Many had tried before, and she found the methods to produce which are utilized today around the world.

Blueberry Technology.   Elizabeth would be amazed today to see the  development of further processed blueberries.   This is where Tom Payne of the Blueberry Council comes in and works to find ways and means to get blueberries into food, products. Much of the demand is caused by the consumer enlightenment towards the blueberry health benefits.  Today around the world and in places such as Japan, China and Korea -- Blueberries are seen as beauty foods.   We see masks, topical applications and the latest craze -- Beauty from Within.  If this wasn't enough we are now seeing a new trend called: beauty in advance.  The concept of consuming foods that help you look younger later in life!   This has driven the development of powders, extracts, oils and fibers.

Published by the US Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC)

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