July is National Blueberry Month and there’s a NEW National Blueberry Day for 2016

There is probably not a healthier food you can eat than the blueberry. While it is best eaten raw, it does not lose all of its benefits when frozen or even cooked. It is high in fiber and antioxidants, low in cholesterol, reduces cancer risks, slows aging, and is a healthy heart fruit. It has a cognitive benefit keeping our minds more active as we age. It also helps with eye sight and overall health.

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The blueberry grows on bushes and can be eaten right off the branch. It is one of the few fruits native to America. They also grow wild in Asia and the Mediterranean where they are used in numerous dishes.

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A cup of blueberries, unsweetened, are only 84 calories. In nature they are sweet and tart at the same time. They retain most of their natural flavor whether in a pie as above or in a muffin as below.

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The blueberry is second only to the strawberry in popularity. They are contained in nearly every fruit bowl and the juice is used in numerous fruit drinks. It is a fun fruit to eat as well, as many people  just pop them in their mouths like you would  peanuts or sunflower seeds. They hold up well and stay fresh for several days after being picked.

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They can be used in a variety of ways. They make a great ice cream topping, pies, muffins, pancakes… you name it, and you can probably put a blueberry in it. Of the 550 million pounds of blueberries harvested every year, 275 million pounds are grown here in the U.S..

National Blueberry Day was created by Holiday Insights in July when most blueberries are just ripening on the bushes. As I understand it, this year is the first time National Blueberry Day will be celebrated.

How to celebrate – Go out to a farm where blueberries are grown and pick some of your own. Try using blueberries in a dish you have never had blueberries in before. And don’t forget to eat a cup of blueberries every day… they will help you to remember to eat a cup of blueberries every day.

 

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