Blueberry bliss: Ways to enjoy the berries
Corinne Powell July 2, 2012 4:50PM
Updated: August 5, 2012 6:04AM
Here are 10 ways of enjoying blueberries:
◆ A sweet salad. Make a salad by topping spinach leaves with blueberries, nuts, strawberries, mandarin oranges and a light Vidalia onion dressing.
◆ Pancakes and waffles. Add fresh blueberries to your whole wheat pancake or waffle batter.
◆ Blue juice. Blend blackberries, blueberries and a splash of orange juice in a blender and add some blue to your day!
◆ Blueberries and bran. Add fresh blueberries to a bran muffin mix. Bake and enjoy.
◆ Top your oatmeal.
◆ Fruit kabobs. Make fruit kabobs by stacking blueberries, kiwi and strawberries on toothpicks. Dip in vanilla yogurt.
◆ Blue smoothie. Mix milk, low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt and blueberries in a blender for a tasty blue treat.
◆ Parfait. Layer blueberries, low-fat vanilla yogurt, low-fat granola and pineapple to make a delicious snack.
◆ Pizza. Spread cream cheese thinned with some vanilla yogurt on a premade pizza crust. Top with sliced bananas, blueberries and your favorite fruit. Slice and eat.
◆ Just pop a few. Then a few more! They’re delicious as is.
Blueberries have origins in both Europe and the United States. Blueberries have been around for thousands of years and were once called “star berries” because of their star-shaped crown on the top of the berry.
Native Americans were the first to incorporate berries into their diets. Lewis and Clark found that Indians in the Northwest Territory smoked wild blueberries to preserve them for the winters. One of the first meals exchanged between Lewis and Clark and the Indians was venison that had wild blueberries pounded into the meat.
The cultivated blueberry, the variety that is primarily sold fresh, was a development made in the 1900s by a New Jersey botanist, Frederick Coville. He crossed different varieties of wild blueberries to create an easily grown blueberry for gardens and farms.
Are they healthy?
Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus and iron. They are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol. They contain anthocyanin, a disease-fighting and anti-aging substance. (Eating blueberries each day may help keep the gray away!)
Did you know …
A 1/2 cup of blueberries equals one serving of your 5 a day?
More than 200 million pounds of blueberries are produced each year in North America?
Blueberries contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than almost any other fruit or vegetable?
Blueberries are the second most-popular berry in the
United States? What do you
think the favorite berry is?
There are two varieties of blueberries — cultivated, and wild? Wild blueberries are much smaller than the cultivated ones that we commonly eat fresh. The wild ones are usually sold in cans or frozen.
There are 1,600 wild blueberries in a pound and 500 cultivated blueberries in a pound?
Blueberries are also available dried? (Dried blueberries make a great healthy snack. They can be used in recipes, just as you would use raisins.)
If you dust fresh blueberries with flour just before you
add them to a batter that they will not sink to the bottom of