It’s blueberry season in Florida and we are blessed to have an abundant supply of the beautiful blue nutrient filled fruit. Not only are blueberries full of flavor, they boast a robust nutrient profile, healthy dose of anti-oxidants, and are enjoyed in their natural raw form, as well as a myriad of recipes.
As with most fruit and vegetables, blueberries are best produced using organic methods to avoid the multitude of often toxic chemicals used on traditionally raised blueberries. (see What’s on My Food ) Our family and our farm are dedicated to producing and selling organic products. While there is some controversy as to whether the nutrients are affected by the use of non-organic methods, there is a great deal of research on the terrible health effects produced by the chemicals used. We choose to avoid those possible effects as much as possible.
Blueberries have an amazing nutrient profile. They are high in fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins C, K and B6, and minerals like phosphorous and manganese. Phytochemicals are also plentiful in our delicious fruit.
Read more about the health benefits of blueberries (LiveStrong) (Top 10)
The mighty little blueberry is a nutritional powerhouse that can help with most aspects of health. We consider it a super-fruit, due to it’s incredible nutrient profile.
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So, what is your favorite way to enjoy these little super-fruit? Our family favorite way is still fresh and raw. Their juicy texture and burst of flavor is completely irresistible. If the fruit is grown properly and picked at the right time, no extra flavoring or sweetener is needed.
Once we get past that first influx of “wow,” we are ready to think of using them in recipes. They quickly get added to our green smoothies, sprinkled on our nightly salads, and added to morning breakfast cereals such as granola and oatmeal. Blueberry crisp is a family favorite, as are blueberry muffins and blueberry pancakes. Bethany will once again be making her delicious jam and we’ll be trying out a few new recipes, too.
What are your favorite blueberry recipes? We’d love to share some of your favorites–send them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org –include pictures, if you have. We’ll be sharing some of our favorites over the next few weeks, too.
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