8 Blueberry Facts You Need to Know (Surprising Recipe Included)

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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.

Bonus Recipe

Ingredients: 1 package of blueberries

Instructions: 1. Rinse thoroughly. 2. Eat.

What’s your favorite blueberry recipe?

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Sources:

  1. USDA Nutrition Database
  2. US Highbush Blueberry Council
  3. Bioactives in Blueberries Improve Insulin Sensitivity in Obese, Insulin-Resistant Men and Women – Stull, Cash, Johnson, Champagne, and Cefalu – Journal of Nutrition – Aug 2010

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  • Alana

    My favorite recipe!

  • Casey

    Thanks for the bonus recipe!

  • OatmealQueen

    I’ve been looking for this recipe! Thanks!

  • Stardust

    Oh, I’ve never thought of this recipe before! It’s very creative……only a genius could come up with it :p

  • Marqus Gant

    That receipe though.

  • Lindsey

    You should also mention that blueberries are a natural coagulant. To be aware of that when making smoothies is a gem!

  • Karrina

    Do they have a low fat version of this recipe?

  • jadegreen_eyz

    I make a killer blueberry muffin with extra streusel topping. Full fat but the blueberry season is short (and prices are reasonable) so I only make them a couple of times a year.

  • Utopia

    I love hardy whole wheat blueberry banana pancakes. So good when the blueberries burst their purple goodness! I wish I could afford to buy organic berries year-round.

  • Cactus_Wren

    Now if only I could find out who came up with the name National July Belongs To Blueberries Month! https://www.facebook.com/events/1448465185422174/

    • Savvygramma

      I buy them now while they are cheaper. Wash them and spread them on a wased paper lined rimmed cookie sheet. Stick them in the freezer for a couple hours; then take them out and put them in plastic bags or freezer containers. You can have yummy blueberries all year long.

      • Cactus_Wren

        Oh, I shall definitely have to try that. Thank you!

  • Alyssa B

    I love them tossed into plain yogurt with a few crushed up oatmeal flavored snackimal crackers to make a tasty pie-esque breakfast.

  • Paige

    If you can get them organic-should you? I know you should eat them regardless…just wondering about the pesticides used?

    • Breckers

      Everything I have read suggest that berries are best to avoid if not organic. The pesticides used on berries are extremely bad. This is contrary to other produce.

      • JDooz

        Just like apples. There’s a list out there of the ‘Dirt Dozen,’ those fruits and veggies that have the most pesticides, and are best to buy organic or not at all.

    • Tallulah Moonshine

      Yes, especially because there is more surface area on small berries than something bigger. Lots of pesticides!

  • timlockk

    The 3 pounds per person stat is only because I eat 100 pounds to make up for others.

    Seriously, I can throw down a pound of these things no problem. I’ll look like that chick from Willy Wonka and not even care.

  • Rudy

    I can’t wait to share this recipe with my Mom’s group…it sounds complicated but soo worth the time

  • Merls

    Hahahaha best recipe ever

  • Last Resort

    One thing that concerns me about any berry is how I’ve read they concentrate radiation in their flesh. I’m in L.A.. Boeing refuses to clean up Rocketdyne, Diablo Canyon is leaking and the NRA’s ignoring it, and Fukushima sprayed us real good. I love blueberries but …

  • Fruit is Good

    I freeze my blueberries and eat them like candy. Great snack.

  • Barb

    my favorite blueberry recipe is to eat them frozen. Never cared for blueberries until I ate them at school for lunch one day and they were partially frozen. Now I love them.

  • Nature buff

    I love blueberries. But does this mean that Cracker Barrel Wild Maine blueberry pancakes are a misrepresentation of advertisement? LOL – they are advertised as wild Maine blueberries. My favorite recipe is old fashioned oatmeal (prepared), add one piece of a block of 100% Ghiradeli cacao (bought in baking section), one teaspoon brown sugar, crumbled walnuts and 3/4 to 1 cup of blueberries, reheat to melt chocolate around 40 seconds. This is a heaping recipe of healthy ingredients and much better way to enjoy the oatmeal for cholesterol purposes.