Friday, July 13, 2012

National Blueberry Month - Postcard Friendship Friday #124

National Blueberry Muffin Day is celebrated every year on July 11th. It is for the celebration of Blueberry muffin and all the muffin lovers. In 1999 the month of July was established as National Blueberry month by US Department of Agriculture.

The United States produces almost all blueberries in the world. These sweet blueberries have been used for eons, in soups, stews and more.  They go back to the very beginning of American traditions when Native Americans taught the pilgrims to how to use blueberries in their food preparations. Blueberries were dried in the sun and ground into a powder. The powder was used to make a pudding called Sautauthig and it was sometimes used to season meat as a “spice rub.”

Blueberry tea was thought to help relax women during childbirth, leaves from the blueberry bush were used to make a blood purifier good for the kidneys and blueberry juice was supposed to be good for coughs.

Science backs this up, apparently blueberries are rich in antioxidants.  They also help prevent kidney infections in the same way as cranberries and may also help prevent macular degeneration.  Research has revealed that eating blueberries may help reduce the chance for cancer and heart disease.  

Dad planted a field of blueberries when we were small.  Some of those bushes survive to this day, growing higher than my head.  The berries are just as delectable as I remember.

I pluck a fragrant handful, plop a few of those plump berries into my mouth.  Ah, it takes me back...The very taste of summer resides in a small blueberry! 

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Snap said...

What a pretty card and I love the idea of blueberry month! YUM!!!! Thanks for hosting!

Irene said...

I love blueberries. What a great card. I've not been very successful at growing blueberries, but eating them is another story. Happy PFF

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I just love blueberries! I wish we could get more of them here.

Heather said...

That would be quite the challenge collecting blueberries wearing that gown. I always try to keep some in the freezer for adding to desserts or to smoothies.

Erica (Irene) said...

Love blueberries...we have lots here and what a beautiful card. Didn't know it was Blueberry month. Thanks for sharing . :-)