Blueberries are the latest Ready to Pick feature from Taste the Local Difference. They talk about the importance of blueberries to the Native Americans and say:
The National Institute of Health suggests that there is evidence that the antioxidants in blueberries can prevent some of the problems associated with aging, and can actually reverse some of these effects. In one study, scientists studied rats and found that ones who consumed blueberries were more active and alert!
Blueberries are low in fat, and a good source of both fiber and vitamin C. One cup of fresh blueberries will give you five grams of fiber and 15 percent of your daily vitamin C.
July is National Blueberry Month and Michigan leads the nation in blueberry production, producing 32 percent of the blueberries eaten in the U.S.
I’m not sure if active and alert rats are a good thing, but I have no doubt that the recipes they give for Blueberries ‘n Cream Pie (from the Michigan Blueberry Growers Association), Michigan Lemon, Blueberry, and Chicken Salad (courtesy Michigan Department of Agriculture’s blueberry pages) and Fresh Blueberry Muffins from the Sunshine Cafe in Bear Lake will be!
All this and more awaits you at Ready to Pick: Blueberries!