July is National Blueberry Month and we are celebrating this super-food!
Learn about: the history of National Blueberry Month, ways to celebrate and health benefits of blueberries.
History of National Blueberry Month
We owe it all to the North American Blueberry Council and the US Department of Agriculture. They worked for decades to name July “National Blueberry Month.” In July 2003, July was proclaimed National Blueberry Month in the USA!
Ways to Celebrate
One reason July was picked to celebrate blueberries is because they are in season and ripe for picking. For instance, you will find great deals on the best tasting blueberry crops of the whole year. Fresh blueberries sold in your local supermarket and farmer’s markets will be ready available. This is the peak of the season and the prices will be at the lowest levels of the year.
Why not take the family and head to the nearest u-pick farm! You can learn about blueberry farming, pick by the bucket and enjoy the very freshest blueberries imaginable. For example, some local Montgomery County u-pick farms are:
The Sanctuary Blueberry Farm located at 18430 Kinkaid Rd West, Montgomery, Texas
Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm located at 19531 Moorhead Road, Conroe, Texas
Have you ever attended the Texas Blueberry Festival? Held every summer in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, is the Texas Blueberry Festival. Activities for blueberry lovers of all ages include the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert, arts and crafts, a pet parade. You will also find pie eating contests, washer board tournament, and food and arts vendors. Downtown merchants and local businesses offer blueberry sweet specials inspired by the festival.
Another way to celebrate is blessing your family with the Pioneer Woman’s Awesome-est Blueberry Muffins. We all know that nothing’s better than warm blueberry muffins, straight from the oven.
Health benefits of blueberries
Blueberries are a well-known super-food. One cup of blueberries provides 24 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. The vitamin C and other various nutrients in blueberries function as powerful antioxidants.
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One cup of blueberries contains 3.6 grams of fiber. Blueberries help to prevent constipation and maintain regularity for a healthful digestive tract because of their fiber content.
Blueberries contain many minerals and vitamins which contribute to building and maintaining healthy bones and supporting heart health. Learn more about the health benefits of blueberries by clicking here.
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