Food for Thought – Blueberries!

All About Blueberries

Food for Thought 7/11/23

Blueberries are not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients, making them a fantastic addition to a healthy diet.

Blueberries are typically in season during the summer months, especially from June to August in many regions. This is the prime time to find fresh, locally grown blueberries at their peak flavor and nutritional value. When blueberries are in season, they are abundant, more affordable, and offer the best taste experience.

Pick Blueberries Day is celebrated on July 10th each year. It’s a day dedicated to the enjoyment of picking fresh, ripe blueberries straight from the bushes. Pick Blueberry Day encourages individuals and families to get outdoors and visit blueberry farms or gardens where they can pick their own blueberries. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature, appreciate the beauty of blueberry bushes, and savor the experience of harvesting your own fruit.

Here are some key points about blueberries and their nutritional benefits:

Antioxidant Powerhouse

Blueberries are known for their high antioxidant content. Antioxidants help protect our bodies from oxidative stress caused by free radicals, which can lead to cellular damage and various health problems. Blueberries are particularly rich in flavonoids, specifically anthocyanins, which give them their vibrant blue color and potent antioxidant properties.

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Vitamin C Boost

Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, which plays a vital role in supporting the immune system, promoting collagen production, and acting as an antioxidant. Consuming blueberries regularly can help strengthen your immune system and protect against common illnesses

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Blueberries are a good source of dietary fiber. Fiber is crucial for maintaining a healthy digestive system, promoting regular bowel movements, and reducing the risk of digestive disorders. Including fiber in your diet can also help manage weight, control blood sugar levels, and lower cholesterol levels.

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Micronutrient Rich

In addition to vitamin C, blueberries contain other essential vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting and bone health. Blueberries also provide small amounts of vitamin E, potassium, and manganese.

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Blueberry farms in the Jacksonville and Gainesville Area

Here is a list of the local farms near Jacksonville and Gainesville Area.

Remember to check the availability of blueberry farms or gardens near you and their specific regulations for picking before planning your visit.

Now, that you have picked your blueberries, celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day by enjoying a blueberry muffin. This day encourages baking enthusiasts to make and share their favorite blueberry muffin recipes. It’s an opportunity to explore different variations, experiment with flavors and ingredients, and indulge in the sweet and tangy goodness of blueberry muffins.

So, whether you’re out picking blueberries on Pick Blueberry Day or baking and indulging in blueberry muffins on Blueberry Muffin Day, these celebrations offer an opportunity to embrace the bounty and goodness of blueberries, both in their natural form and in delightful baked treats.

– Krupa Patel, MPA, RD/LDN Registered Dietitian

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