Picking blueberries is something we have enjoyed doing as a family for years. It’s a great family activity and will also help teach children where their food comes from.

Here are ten ways to enjoy blueberries:

1. A sweet salad. Make a salad by topping spinach leaves with blueberries, nuts, strawberries, mandarin oranges and a light Vidalia onion dressing.

2. Pancakes and waffles. Add fresh blueberries to your whole wheat pancake or waffle batter.

3. Blue juice. Blend blackberries, blueberries and a splash of orange juice in a blender and add some blue to your day!

4. Blueberries & bran. Add fresh blueberries to a bran muffin mix. Bake and enjoy.

5. Top your oatmeal.

6. Fruit kabobs. Make fruit kabobs by stacking blueberries, kiwi and strawberries on toothpicks. Dip in vanilla yogurt.

7. Blue smoothie. Mix milk, low fat frozen vanilla yogurt and blueberries in a blender for a tasty blue treat.

8. Parfait. Layer blueberries, low fat vanilla yogurt, low fat granola and pineapple to make a delicious snack.

9. 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.

10. Just pop a few. Then a few more! They’re delicious as is.

Where did blueberries come from?

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 natives 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? They’re a good source of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus, iron, are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol. And they contain anthocyanin, a disease fighting and anti-aging substance.