Interesting Facts About Blueberries
Interested in some facts about blueberries?
Read on, and learn some blueberry trivia that your friends probably don’t know!
You’ll also learn some blueberry facts such as blueberry nutrition and calories in blueberries. (You really want to know, don’t ya?)
And there’s a much easier method of freezing blueberries than most experts tell you.
Blueberries are an Integral Part of Americana
You’ve heard the saying: “As American as apple pie”?
Well, with no offense to the apple – which is certainly a fine fruit – that classic saying really should read: “As American as blueberry pie.”
Because blueberries are one of the few popular fruits that are actually native to North America. And apples aren’t (unless you count crabapples).
Blueberries have had an impact upon the culture, cuisine, and even survival of Americans for centuries. From the time of the earliest Native Americans to present day, blueberries have been a valued food staple.
They’ve provided pleasure during times of abundance, and have held starvation at bay during times of scarcity.
Blueberries have been valued not only as a highly nutritional food, but also for their medicinal properties and even for non-food uses such as making paints and dyes.
And if you’ll stir some blueberries into your muffin batter, you’ll end up with the most popular flavor of muffins in the U.S.
Blueberry Nutrition Facts
Blueberries are far more than just a pretty taste.
One of the best facts about blueberries is that such a tasty treat is also highly nutritious. In fact, the nutritional value of blueberries is so off-the-charts high that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything healthier to put in your mouth.
Blueberries are a fabulous source of many essential nutrients such as vitamin C, manganese, potassium, iron, and many others.
And blueberries are an amazingly rich source of antioxidants. In fact, after analyzing 60 different vegetables and fruits, Tufts university scientists have discovered that blueberries – on a per-serving basis – provide more antioxidants than ANY other fruits or vegetables. That’s impressive!
What caloric price must you pay for all of that tasty nutritional goodness? Very minimal. The calories in blueberries amount to only 80 per cup.
And those blueberry calories will come with lots of dietary fiber in addition to all of the other nutritional goodies.
It all comes down to this: Blueberries, quite simply, are one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
How to Freeze Blueberries – the Easy Way
Blueberries freeze great, and will keep for a looooong time in the freezer.
Mature blueberry bushes are very productive, so when your bushes start cranking out the poundage, you’ll probably want to freeze some of the berries.
The traditionally recommended method of freezing blueberries is this: Wash the berries, pat them dry, and spread them out on a cookie sheet (don’t let them touch!). Put the cookie sheet in the freezer until the berries are frozen, and then pour them into freezer bags for permanent storage.
Got it? Good.
Now forget it.
This is the way we freeze blueberries: pick ‘em, dump them in freezer bags, toss the bags in the freezer.
If you don’t wash the berries before you freeze them, they won’t stick together in the freezer bags. They’ll keep better that way, too, because you’re not washing away any of the blueberries’ waxy protective bloom.
When you’re ready to use the frozen berries, just pour the desired amount into a colander and rinse them with water. They’ll thaw quickly as you rinse them, and be ready for your oatmeal or your recipe almost instantly.
That’s the no fuss, no muss, BEST method for freezing blueberries.
After all, with just one slip of a cookie sheet loaded with frozen berries, you’d be ferreting blueberries out of kitchen nooks and crannies for weeks!
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