Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What's In Season May + Yummy Blueberries

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Northern California ~
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Happy May Day!!

Blueberries will arrive in late May and I can hardly wait!! Blueberry pancakes, muffins, pies, smoothies, salads, the list never ends! I am going to try and make a few gluten-free/healthful recipes - since my last attempt at this went so well. I still need to research a few more reliable recipe sources. I hope everyone is enjoying this "lovely spring season" and all the wonderful seasonal food that is out there!! 
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Interesting Fact: Of the hundreds of crops grown in the United States today, very few commonly eaten fruits are native to our soils.
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Blueberries and Antioxidant Activity
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* Antioxidants are thought to help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals and the chronic diseases associated with aging. Blueberries contain 14 mg of Vitamin C and 0.8 mg Vitamin E per 1 cup of blueberries. The Research Center on Aging (Boston, MA) says that, blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity.Yay, blueberries!!
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Vegetables_
•artichokes
•arugula
•asian greens
•asparagus
•avocados
•basil
•beans
•beets
•bok choy
•broccoli
•cactus pads
•cabbage
•cardoons
•carrots
•cauliflower
•celery
•chard
•cucumbers
•dandelion/chicory
•eggplant
•endive
•fava beans
•fennel
•garlic
•herbs
•horseradish
•kale
•kohlrabi
•leeks
•lettuces
•mushrooms
•mustard
•nettles
•onions
•peas
•peppers (bell and chili)
•potatoes
•purslane
•radicchio
•radish
•rapini
•rhubarb
•scallions
•shallots
•spinach
•summer squash
•tomatoes
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Fruits and Nuts
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•avocados
•apricots
•apriums
•blackberries
•blueberries 
•boysenberries
•cactus pears
•cherries
•dried fruit
•lemons
•loquats
•nectarines
•oranges
•persimmons
•peaches
•plums
•pluots
•raspberries
•rhubarb
•strawberries
•tomatoes
•walnuts
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* Above Information Courtesy of Highbush Blueberry Council
__Photos courtesy of Jupiter Images

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