Award-winning recipes showcase tasty, versatile blueberry

Blueberry

Besides being delicious, blueberries contain antioxidants that help fight cancer and reverse age-related memory loss.

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 02:15 PM.

The NC Blueberry Festival is the weekend of June 15th in Burgaw and if you’re looking to purchase lots of blueberries, here’s how to freeze them: Do not rinse the blueberries, spread the berries out on flat pans, removing any leaves or debris, then place in the freezer and freeze until frozen, then pour into sealable containers usually holding one or two cups of berries for ready use in a recipe.

The Blueberry Festival ladies will also be selling copies of their blueberry cookbook of entries to the festival competition. This is the 10th anniversary of the NC Blueberry Festival, so come and enjoy! It gets bigger every year. Get your blueberries early, because they do sell out quickly.

These little blue gems are full of antioxidants to help fight cancer. Researchers state that blueberries reverse age-related memory loss, because of its antioxidants called flavonoids.

 Blueberries are tasty in anything you want to put them in: puddings, cakes, breads, muffins, salads, sauces, salsas, jams, smoothies, and even plain over oatmeal. Try your favorite dish and see how tasty and healthy it is for you. Pender County is the second largest grower of blueberries in North Carolina .

Here’ a facial skin smoothing scrub recipe: 2 teaspoons pureed blueberries, 2 cups brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Mix together in a bowl and apply to your face. The blueberries soften the skin, sugar exfoliates the skin and lemon juice brightens the skin.

Enjoy!



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