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It's Time to Sing the Blues

 

As the highly anticipated but all to brief local strawberry season has already bidden Long Islanders farewell, the blues now take center stage among the local berry pickings. Baskets of blueberries now occupy the display table where the strawberries formerly sat, tempting browsers in need of a summer fruit fix in their meal plans. The sapphire-hued, luscious little orbs are bursting with flavor, and unlike strawberries, no hulling required. Simply pop them into your mouth and savor the blueberry goodness. 

Why should you add blueberries to your shopping basket? Blueberries are one of the super foods touted for a host of healthy benefits. They are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C to boost your immune system. These little berries also deliver a respectable amount of fiber to help lower your risk for heart disease. Their manganese content plays a roles in converting proteins, fats and carbs into energy. Low in fat and calories, you can enjoy a cup of blueberries without the consequences to your beach-ready waistline. In addition to their beautiful qualities, blueberries can tantalize your taste buds a diverse range of different presentations while infusing bold color to your plate.

Blueberries can be enjoyed straight from the basket in their purest form. They also make starring additions to cereal, oatmeal, pancake batter or Greek yogurt. Alternately, you may opt to imbibe your breakfast after tossing blueberries into the blender for a tasty smoothie. Blueberries play well with honeydew melon and nectarines for a simple fruit salad, or add a pop of color and sweetness by sprinkling blueberries into a spinach salad with blue cheese and toasted pecans. Blueberries are also commonly used as a baking ingredient for muffins, crumb cakes, pies, crisps and cheesecakes. Who could say no to a slice of blueberry pie with their cup of java? Local red raspberries Maeare also available now at the Pumpkin Patch. Consider serving up a bowl of blueberries and raspberries, crowned with  a dollop of whipped mascarpone cream for a delicious dose of patriotic hues. Finally, you can extend the season long past summer by conjuring up a fresh pot of blueberry jam to store in your pantry for topping those toast English muffins all winter long.

Be sure to hurry in for your blueberry buys. like the strawberries, local blueberries have a short peak season and may not stick around for long. July is National Blueberry Month, so sing the blues while you can. By August, your berry happy palate will have to settle instead for feeling peachy.

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