Description of Fruit
-grow from a shrub
-other members include cranberries and bilberries as wellas azaleas, mountain laurels, and rhodeodendron.
-deep in color
-ranging from blue to maroon to purple-black
-feature a white-gray waxy "bloom"that covers the berry
-serves as the protective coat
-regularly cultivated blueberries taste mildly sweet
-wild bluberries taste more tangy and tart
45 calories per 100 grams or 71 calories per cup-wild blueberries abundant in anti-oxidants deliver substantial nutrients for every calorie consumednaturally
-low in fat
-high in fiber
-and have no added sugar, sodium, or refined starches
-excellent source of manganese (important for bone developement)
-adds important dietary nutrients w/o adding alot of extra calories
-bake into muffins or pancakes
-puree or blend in smoothies
-freeze or incorperate them somehow into ice cream
-Native Americans once called them "star berries," because the five points of blueberry blossoms make a star shape.
-Mocking their British roots, the first colonists added blueberries to traditional English fruit and dough puddings and renamed them "buckle," "grunt," and "slump."
-The traditional blue paint used in the homes of Shakers was made from blueberry skins, sage blossoms, indigo, and milk.