Apr 28 - Geezer's Blog - National Blueberry Pie Day

The Bottom Line: Sweet facts about blueberries!

The Full Story:

  • Blueberries grow in clusters on bushes.
  • There are over 50 varieties of blueberries.
  • Native Americans once called them "star berries," because the five points of blueberry blossoms make a star shape.
  • Blueberry juice had medicinal value for Native Americans as well and was used to treat persistent coughs and other illnesses.
  • Taking their cue from Native Americans, early settlers of America introduced blueberries into their diets when other food sources were scarce.
  • Early colonists made gray paint out of blueberries by boiling them in milk.
  • During the Civil War of the 1860s, blueberries were collected, packaged, and sent to Union troops for use as a food staple.
  • America's favorite muffin is, of course, blueberry.
  • It takes about 2-5 weeks for blueberries to ripen on a bush.
  • Blueberries contain more antioxidants than most other fruits or vegetables and may help prevent damage caused by cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. And get this, a blueberry extract diet improves balance, coordination, and short-term memory in aging rats.
  • The annual harvest of North American blueberries would cover a four lane highway from Chicago to New York if spread out in a single layer.
  • Minnesota claims the blueberry muffin as its official state muffin and New Jersey claims the berry as its official state fruit.
  • Blueberries are the official berries of Nova Scotia, Canada.

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