The North American Blueberry Council, together with the US Department of Agriculture, have proclaimed the month of July as National Blueberry Month. This popular berry can be used in many tasty summer treats, like fruit salad, fruit trifle, or on their own with a little light whipped cream.
The blueberry is native to North America and grown in 38 states of the United States- maybe even in your own community! Low in calories (50-100 calories per serving), the blueberry is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Blueberries contain more antioxidants than almost any other fruit or vegetable. “Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s.” Polyphenols, specifically anthocyanins, are substances in blueberries that give the fruit its blue hue and contribute to its antioxidant activity.
So, take advantage of the peak season and add blueberries to your shopping list, visit your local farmer’s market, and make blueberries a visible ingredient in your summer meals! This could also provide an opportunity to pack up the family and head to the nearest u-pick farm! You can learn about blueberry farming, pick by the bucket and enjoy the freshest blueberries of the season.
With so many amazing health benefits, who wouldn’t want to eat more blueberries this month? Make them a part of your healthy diet by trying these simple strategies:
Happy picking…and eating!
Want to know more?
Famer’s market and CSA locator: http://www.localharvest.org/