It's true: plump and dusky blueberries really are tiny nutritional powerhouses. According to the Blueberry Council, just one cup contains healthy (literally!) dose of both Vitamin C and fiber. The antioxidant properties of the blueberry are also a constant conversation piece in health studies and nutritionist recommendations.
But let's be real here, shall we? The health stuff is just a side benefit; we eat blueberries because they taste delicious. Among the summer fruits, blueberries are some of the sweetest. They are perfectly happy on their own in a blueberry pie or a batch of muffins, but they also like the company of other summer fruits like sweet-tart strawberries, peaches, and nectarines.
I find that I like blueberries best when they are combined with an acidic ingredient to offset the berries' sweetness. A squeeze of lemon or a generous helping of tangy buttermilk in the batter do the trick quite nicely. I also like combining blueberries with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Try making your next batch of shortcakes with blueberries instead of strawberries, and you won't be sorry.
A few favorite blueberry recipes for your summer cooking pleasure:
• Blueberry Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
• Blueberry and Apricot Crumble
• Breakfast Grain Salad with Blueberries, Hazelnuts & Lemon
• Rosewater Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberries
• Blueberry Rum Smash
How do you like to use blueberries in the summer?
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