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Blueberries

It's nice to know that something that tastes so good is so good for you. Blueberries may help the body fight aging, cancer, and heart disease, and improve vision. What gives them their lovely indigo color is actually a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin.

Blueberries grow wild in Scandinavia, the British Isles, Russia, and North and South America. Surprisingly, blueberries weren't grown on farms until the early 1900's. Cultivated berries are larger than their wild cousins. But all blueberries have that beloved sweet, juicy taste.


Berry Good for You

Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C and a good source of fiber. A cup of blueberries has a mere 80 calories. Some scientists say you should eat blueberries every day you can. They are one of the richest sources of antioxidants of all fresh fruits and vegetables.


Berry Picking

Look for dark blue fruit that have a silvery cast. Also, choose berries that are plump, firm, the same size, dry, and free of stems or leaves. Avoid soft, mushy, or moldy berries or juice-stained containers. Blueberries won't ripen after you buy them, so plan to eat them within a couple of days. Handle the fragile fruit tenderly; wash just before eating.

To enjoy blueberries year round, try freezing them. Scatter a single layer of unwashed, fresh berries on a cookie tray. Once they're frozen, transfer the blueberries to an airtight plastic bag or container. Remember to wash before using.

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Blueberry Fool

Blueberries are delicious by the handful. Popping the sweet, button-like fruit into your mouth is one of summer's pleasures. They're dynamite paired with sliced peaches or strawberries. Blueberries are also great sprinkled over cereal, or yogurt, or low-fat ice cream. If you're baking, a squeeze of lemon enhances the fruit's flavor. Blueberries are a natural in cobblers, crisps, jams, muffins, and pies. They also pair well with poultry — try blueberries in your next chicken salad (substitute yogurt for mayo).

Try blueberries in these FoodFit recipes:

Blueberry Jam
Blueberry Sauce
Lemon Angel Cake with Blueberry Sauce
Blueberry Vinegar
Summer Fruit Sizzle
Summer Fruit Salad
Rustic Fresh Blueberry and Peach Tart

 

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