The warmth of the summertime air evokes thoughts of lazy afternoons by the lake and an abundance of berries! Blueberries are one of the most popular of all berries during the summer because they are at peak season and they are native to the Americas. Although they are a delicious addition to salads, pies, and simply eaten fresh, blueberries are visibly recognized for their nutritional value. Many years of research have demonstrated time and again the great benefits that blueberries have on memory, antioxidant health, and cardiovascular benefits.
Buying the best blueberries:
The best time of the year to find perfect blueberries is during the summer. And the perfect way to find them is to pick them yourself at a “pick-your-own” farm where families can spend a fun afternoon picking the biggest, freshest, in-season blueberries they can find. They are usually sold by the pound at very affordable prices and can be used for making jam and storing throughout the year. Blueberry picking is a great educational activity that teaches children where their food comes from. In a time when most of the country has become far removed from the origins of its food, fruit picking is the perfect way to instill a sense of appreciation for the nutrition that fresh produce brings into our daily lives.
You can find the blueberry picking farm closest to you by following the link below. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of this great summer experience!
The North American Blueberry Council : http://www.nabcblues.org/upick.htm
If you live in an area that does not have a blueberry farm nearby or is out of fresh berries, no need to panic. Blueberries are an abundant fruit in the frozen section of any local supermarket. Frozen blueberries are a great option because numerous studies have found that freezing blueberries does not destroy their antioxidant composition. They remain just as nutritious as long as they are frozen. Berries, like many fruits, are frozen fresh, meaning, they are frozen immediately after being picked. This maximizes their nutritional content. Frozen blueberries are the perfect snack for any hot summer day!