Blueberries

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Blueberries – Since the commercial development of blueberries, which began in the 20th century, there are hundreds of varieties that exist as a result of both accidental and intentional crossbreeding.  Blueberries are an excellent source of flavonoids and a very good source of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and insoluble fiber.  They are also a good source of manganese, vitamin E, and riboflavin.

How to buy/store:  Purchase berries that are firm and have a uniform hue color with a whitish bloom.  They should be firm and moisture free.  Ripe blueberries should be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, where they will keep for about a week.  Always remove any damaged blueberries before storing; they will spread mold.  Don’t wash blueberries until right before eating, washing will remove the bloom that protects the fruit’s skin from degradation.

How to use:  Blueberries can be eaten alone or tossed into almost anything.  They can be added to your favorite smoothie, cereals and salads.  Use them to dress up plain yogurt.  Blueberries can be put into or used as a topping for pancakes, waffles or muffins.

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