Frances Hermoso

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

Nutritional Information

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

cooking methods

-bake into muffins or pancakes

-puree or blend in smoothies

-freeze or incorperate them somehow into ice cream

Other Facts

-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.