July is National Blueberry Month, so let’s celebrate with some fun facts:
1. There are 2 types of blueberries grown in the USA – highbush and wild (lowbush). The highbush berries are big and pretty and served mostly fresh. Wild blueberries are smaller and mostly used in food preparation (blueberry muffin, anyone?)
2. Blueberry consumption (and production) has tripled since 1995. Back then, the average American ate 1 pound of blueberries a year. This year, we will surpass 3 pounds per capita.
3. Blueberries are a native plant to North America.
4. It’s peak season here, and prices for fresh domestic blueberries are very affordable. The season begins in May and lasts until early Fall.
5. Blueberries are only blue on the outside, the flesh is actually green. The blue color of the berries’ skin comes from anthocyanins, a set of powerful antioxidants that may hep reduce the risk of cancer.
6. Blueberries are an amazing snack. Not only do they taste great, they are very low in calories – just 80 calories for a 1-cup serving.
7. Blueberries are nutrition powerhouses. A serving has 25% of the recommended daily value for vitamin C and manganese, as well as 4 grams of fiber (15% of the daily recommendation).
8. Blueberries have a low glycemic index, which is good news for people with diabetes who are afraid to eat fruit. In a human study, blueberries have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in people with pre-diabetes.
Ingredients: 1 package of blueberries
Instructions: 1. Rinse thoroughly. 2. Eat.
What’s your favorite blueberry recipe?
- USDA Nutrition Database
- US Highbush Blueberry Council
- Bioactives in Blueberries Improve Insulin Sensitivity in Obese, Insulin-Resistant Men and Women – Stull, Cash, Johnson, Champagne, and Cefalu – Journal of Nutrition – Aug 2010