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Blueberry is More Than a Fruit in the Kitchen

Updated on August 31, 2017

The Vital Essence and Colors of Blueberries

Blueberries, the fruits, grow across the globe. The hardy bushes have been mainstays of indigenous peoples of North America, for centuries.

Under the tutelage of Native Americans, the first European colonists learned to value the blueberry plant for it's nutritious fruit. The Native Americans demonstrated the many uses of the berry, including as a medicine for some conditions.

For coughs and teas, sometimes they included both roots and leaves seeped in hot water in their medicinal concoctions.

The colonists learned to dry blueberries for use the year round. To season meat, dried berries could be pounded to a powder and packed onto the raw cut of meat, prior to roasting. Dried berries punctuated the flavors of soups, being versatile as accents.

In addition to its primacy as a foodstuff, and usefulness as a medicinal tonic, the brilliant color of fresh berries and steeped dried berries made a vibrant and gentle dye for blankets, garments and baskets.

In North America three main strains of blueberry plants thrive. The tallest is called the Northern Highbush, which is the ancestor of today's commercial blueberry industry. The Southern Rabbiteye flourishes in the Southern United States, a smaller version of the plant. Wild Lowbush Blueberries are so hardy they grow all over the cold northland, seldom taller than a couple feet high.

Stalking the Wild Blueberry is a delight in itself. It entails a journey out of the urban landscape, to uncultivated land at higher elevations. Pickers find themselves surrounded by scenic vistas and quiet like one never experiences in a city or town.

It's wise to make some people noise while concentrating on finding the plants and scooping up the berries off the branches. Bears, too, love blueberries, but they are easily frightened away by some singing, chatter, or light banging of a spoon on a metal can.

As a child in Alaska we often picked Wild Lowbush Blueberries as a family group. Mom saved up old fashioned shortening cans (the kind that had bails with which to carry them). She always passed out a spoon to each member, and one or another of us always plunked away on our can.

We were always bear-free on our wilderness outings, and this we attribute to Mom's resourcefulness. Such berry gathering trips are prized childhood memory. Blueberry Council">

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The Many Colors of Blueberries

Richness Inside

Blueberries in the fridge are like gold in the bank! They feed the tummy. The provide Vitamins, Minerals, and Potency!

One Cup Blueberries Contain

Calories 84

Fat 0.5g

Dietary Fiber 4g

Sodium 1mg

Sugar 15g

Protein 1g

Blueberry Nutrition Information

One 2010 study shows that certain obese persons decreased blood pressure by consuming blueberry juice drinks over a two month period. Blueberry Blood Pressure

A Boxful Ready to Eat

Blueberries Box
Blueberries Box

Blueberry Bell Flowers

Blueberry antioxidants are very heat stable, s cook, freeze or dry your blueberries. Cooking Blueberries

Highest in Antioxidants of Any Fruit or Veggie

Blueberries in Gold Dish
Blueberries in Gold Dish

Vivid blueberry color graces everything from pie crusts to the elegant kitchen stove. Here's a selection of appealing blueberry blue items.

Elegant Blueberry Goods Ripe for the Picking

Artfully Roasted Duck with Blueberry Sauce

Roast Duck w/blueberry
Roast Duck w/blueberry

Spiced recipe from blueberrycouncil.org Roast Duck

Take a Side in the Blueberry Debate

Do you grow or pick your own blueberries?

Blueberry Comments & Such

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    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR

      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      @blestman lm: That's sweet. Our family also picked blueberries in the wilds, from Alaska to the Cascade Mountains. They're sure a special treat.

    • blestman lm profile image

      blestman lm 

      4 years ago

      Great job. I spent many hours picking blueberries growing up. Not too many of them made it home though. I couldn't wait that long to eat them

    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      We love blueberries! Nicely done job.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image

      Wednesday-Elf 

      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Such a nice bunch of blueberry themed items here. Happy National Blueberry Month. Congrats on being featured on the Blueberry Monsterboard.

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