Picking Summer Blueberries

Many berries with blueish coloring are eaten in different parts of the world. IMG_5559There are blueberries grown and loved widely in the USA but eaten all over the world, bilberries in the UK, blackberries and Jaam in India, Bangladesh and other parts of South Asia.

Blueberries seem to be all the rage at the moment and are considered a superfood. They contain antioxidants and phytonutrients which help fight the free radicals damaging our cells.

Blueberries also help reduce the risk of heart disease, cataracts, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, glaucoma, anti-aging and the list of benefits just goes on!

One of the most fun things to do on a mild summer day is picking blueberries for yourself so google “berry picking” and find a local place that will let you do precisely that! My daughter and I went to a blueberry farm  in Sanford Maine on the East coast of the USA. It was so addictive we ended up picking 12 pounds!IMG_5575

So when we got home I had to decide what to do with them apart from eating them raw by the hand full!

You can make so many things with them. I love making blueberry smoothies, strawberry, blueberry and apple jam, blueberry crumble and blueberry salad to name a few.

Blue Berry Recipes

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1. Blueberry Crumble

For the fruit
2 cups of fresh blueberries
3/4 cup of sugar
For the crumble

1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of oats
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
3/4 cup of butter

1 large mixing bowl

Method

Make the crumble mixture by rubbing the butter into the other dry ingredients but keep it a little crumbly and not fully integrated.
Put the fruit into an ovenproof dish
Add the crumble mixture on top.

Bake at 360 degrees Fahrenheit till fruit is bubbly and crumble IMG_5571mixture is brown.
This should take about 30 minutes.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

2. Blueberry Jam with apples and strawberries.

2 cups of peeled cored apples
2 cups of strawberries
6 cups of fresh blueberries
7 cups of sugar (You can substitute the sugar with Stevia or a low-calorie sugar.)

A large braising panIMG_5577

1 half a cup of water

I packet of pectin

1/4 cup of lemon juice

Sterilized canning jars

Method

Clean the fruit and put it in the pan with the water and the sugar and bring to the boil.

Add the lemon juice and continue to boil.
Boil for 15 minutes on medium-low heat
Add the pectin
Boil for another 10 minutes and when the mixture jells on the back of a spoon it is ready to put into the sterilized canning jars.

3. Blueberry smoothie 

33811832 - two glasses of blueberry smoothie on blue colored wooden table

1 cup of blueberries
I cup of low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon of almond or peanut butter
1 cup of ice cubes
I tablespoon of honey or other sweetener
1/2 cup of milk or nut milk

Method

Blend in a blender till smooth and creamy.
Pour into a long cold glass and enjoy!

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