It’s barely August and my blueberries in the garden are going crazy. Producing like no other year. I can already taste the Rhubarb Blueberry Crisp and maybe even some Double Blueberry Muffins, yum! For right now I’m busy picking, cleaning and freezing them. I so wish I had time to create more with these blue little cuties. I have a total of 16 bushes and they are all loaded and have been producing for the past month and I should get a few more pickings. Some of my bushes are almost 8-9 years old and others are five years old and the last ones added are three years old. All 16 of them are ripe for the picking, the older bushes have always been kind of gangly. The younger ones have been much more bushy and full, not only of blueberries but lush branches. Those lush branches turn beautiful colors in the fall, bold oranges, and brilliant reds, it’s amazing!
These little gems are so full of good nutrients for you, packed into blueberries you will find all kinds of sources of nourishment. They are super high in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory. Blueberries are beneficial for vision and can help with memory issues, they give the brain a little boost. Low in fat and full of fiber, vitamin C and manganese, which supports bone development. Blueberries are cancer fighters and promote healthy and happy hearts. Don’t blueberries just make you happy.
Add blueberries to your cereal, over ice cream, in a smoothie, bake them in a pie, or a crisp. Cook them in a syrup or make them into jam. Eat them frozen all by themselves. Combine with other fruits and make a salad, or make my Quinoa Salad with blueberries and mangos. I could go on and on with ways to eat blueberries, ok just one more, Blueberry Chia Popsicles. Be sure and buy organic as berries are on the dirty dozen list. Even if you don’t have blueberries growing in your garden, find a you pick farm, or check out your local farmers market and support the local farmer. If all else fails hit the store.