Make July 4th a Red, White and Blueberry Filled Celebration!
From sweet fruit smoothies to pancakes, muffins, and more, blueberries can be found in virtually every type of sweet treat imaginable. So it may be a little surprising for some to know that a hundred years ago, most people were unacquainted with this tart little berry!
A North American native, blueberries were known for their medicinal properties as well as their flavor for centuries. However, early farmers didn’t believe that the blueberry was suitable for cultivation. It’s largely due to the efforts of one woman, Elizabeth White – the daughter of a cranberry farmer from New Jersey – that blueberries eventually became a sweet staple in the produce section. Its All-American origins and its patriotic flavor make the blueberry the perfect addition to your Fourth of July feast. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate the blueberry in your celebrations!
For a simple and tasty treat, use blueberries to craft a flavorful red, white, and blue parfait. Layer blueberries with vanilla yogurt, crumbled granola, and red berries – strawberries are a popular choice, but you could also opt for cherries or raspberries, or a combination of the three. Served in a clear glass dish or individual cups, these make for tasty and healthy treats for an Independence Day barbecue.
Kids especially love blueberries layered with whipped cream and red Jello – it’s easy to whip up and can be just as healthy as it is tasty, which makes it an excellent alternative to a more traditional parfait. Meanwhile, if you’re willing to indulge a little (or you can get your hands on some healthy, low-fat frozen yogurt), try serving blueberries over frosty ice cream and topping this dish with a drizzle of strawberry syrup for a fruity sundae that both kids and adults will love.
While the saying might be “American as Apple Pie,” we can hardly think of any tasty treats more patriotic than blueberry pie. But you don’t have to settle for a blueberry pie from your neighborhood bakery. There are plenty of delicious alternatives that you can craft with just a little bit of effort in your kitchen to suit your individual tastes, whatever they may happen to be. Try whipping up your blueberry filling with a twist of lemon to amp up the tart flavor of the berry, or try an almond crunch topping. If the idea of a hot pie doesn’t appeal to you, understandable if you’re having a barbecue in the summer sun, how about a vanilla cream pie topped with fresh blueberries? As a bonus, this is a simple recipe to pull together in under an hour, and it never fails to impress.
Finally, don’t forget that you can also use blueberries to craft delicious beverages for your July 4th feast. Add blueberries to lemonade, use them to add a sweet twist to tea, or make some frosty smoothies to cool down in the summer sun. And last but not least, don’t forget the absolute best way to enjoy blueberries – by the handful!