In Season Now: Big, Beautiful Blueberries

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July is Blueberry month. Get into the swing of summer by enjoying beautiful blueberries at their peak of harvest.

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Blueberries are nutritional rock stars. They rank the highest among fresh fruit for their abundance of antioxidants, which protect against free radicals that are linked to cancer, cardiovascular and other age-related conditions.

Blueberries don’t stop there. One serving of blueberries can account for 25-percent of your daily vitamin C requirement. And they can fulfill your daily fiber needs. They help aid in digestion, keep cholesterol in check and promote heart health.  Blueberries can help you see better at night with their high amounts of vitamin A, C and E. They also guard your brain against oxidative stress, which hinders the brains performance activities.

When it comes to choosing blueberries, look for ones that are firm, have a bright, uniform hue and a silvery bloom (the white color on the blueberry). If you shake the container make sure the fruits are able to move freely, if they don’t it may be a sign they are soft, damaged or moldy. Blueberries should be free from moisture and not dull in color. 

Not only are the great for you. They are also delicious with their sweet and tangy taste. Here are a few recipes to celebrate Blueberry month with:

Blueberry Lemon Tart: How can a dessert this easy be so gorgeous (not to mention luscious)? It's made easy with Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts.

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie: It doesn't get any healthier than this blueberry spinach smoothie recipe. Try it for breakfast or a healthy snack.

Copycat Starbucks Low-Fat Blueberry Muffins
: Baked goods from coffee shops are usually diet disasters, but these low-fat muffins won't ruin your waistline.

Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake: This gluten-free pound cake has a burst of blueberries with a hint of lemons combine to make this dessert a perfect dish to include on your spring menu courtesy of La Phemme Phoodie.

Custardy Blueberry Oven Pancake
: Good as brunch or supper, as a main dish or as dessert!

Blueberry Jam: Easy and Quick Jam.

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