Blueberry season is one of my favorite summer delights. It is such a sacred time to me that when I lived in New York City I would make a pilgrimage upstate during the height of blueberry season to gorge myself on these wonderful little blue fruits growing on bushes my father planted decades ago (minus the $5 per pint price tag found on the blueberries at the NYC Green Market).
Blueberries provide the perfect mixture of pallet pleasing sweet and tart and pack quite an impressive nutrient punch ta boot. Scientific research has provided us with some great insight as to the many magical powers of this fruit which include memory improvement, a positive impact on blood sugar regulation in people with type-2 diabetes and a plethora of antioxidants & anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidant pigments, also called phytonutrients, that give blueberries their lovely blue hue have been shown to provide protection to the cardiovascular system, muscles, the nervous system, the digestive tract and the skin from sun damage. The more blueberries consumed the greater antioxidant protection one can receive. Blueberries are also an excellent source of vitamin K, a very good source of manganese & vitamin C and a good source of fiber.
Many species of blueberries are native to North America and blueberries grow very well in Central New York. Blueberries can be frozen for year round enjoyment.
Research indicates that organically grown blueberries offer more antioxidants and nutrients than conventionally grown blueberries. Blueberries ripen and reach their peak taste while on the bush. They are quite delicate and do not travel long distances well. So the tastiest, most nutritious blueberries can be obtained fresh picked from your local farmer or at the farmer’s market.