There’s no better season than summer, when access to fresh, locally grown produce is at its peak. And August is great, because locally harvested blueberries abound.
Blueberries are full of antioxidants, including lutein, a compound known as effective in preventing and occasionally reversing macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in elderly people. And what a delicious way to protect your health! Pour them into a saucepan with a little sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch, heat until you’ve got a thick, syrupy, concoction, pour into a pie crust and bake, for a wonderful blueberry pie. Or simply put a couple of fresh blueberries over your morning cereal, or in a fresh green salad for a little extra punch.
Gourmet blueberry jams and syrups retain the nutritious qualities of fresh raw blueberries, so don’t be afraid to bring these delights to your daily diet. A tablespoon of blueberry jam spread over a piece of whole wheat toast is a healthy start to your day; a generous dollop of heated blueberry syrup poured over a stack of pancakes or a bowl of vanilla ice cream is a superb treat for any time of day.
Make sure to take full advantage of the summer growing season by enjoying the local produce available at your grocery stores and farmer’s markets. And be sure to include fresh, locally grown blueberries on your purchases; it is a delicious way to enjoy the best summer has to offer.