Friday, July 01, 2011

It's Blueberry Month!

July is Blueberry Month and they are plentiful in your grocery and farmers market. Here are some tips to keep you from "singing the blues" as you enjoy these healthy little nuggets all month long.

  • Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America. The ones we get in the supermarket were first cultivated from the smaller native variety in the early 1900's.
  • They are incredibly in fiber and antioxidants like vitamin C.
  • Best partners? Sugar, lemon, cinnamon and/or nutmeg.
  • They're sturdy too. Blueberries will last almost a week unwashed and covered in the fridge. And no reason to splurge on organics...they are on the "safe list" for conventional growing methods. Do buy local if you can though.
  • Blueberries=brain food. A recent study participants who drank around 20 ounces of blueberry juice daily for 12 weeks performed significantly better on learning and memory tests. You can get the same benefits eating a cup of berries three to five times a week. Easily accomplished at this time of year!

Need some blueberry recipes? Type "blueberries" into that little search window at the top left of this page. There are plenty sprinkled throughout this blog.

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