Come on out into the real world
pickin' season for
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We're on the schedule
in spite of loosing around of month of Springtime weather. Though we've
not had too much rain, daytime temps have been on the cool side that appears
to have given the blueberries and huckleberries good growing conditions.
We're having a heck of a 'bumper crop' this year with abundant picking.
Alot of plumpies on the vine Not many over-ripe or dried berries on the
bush yet and there still are quite a few upripe berries yet to ripen.
Season started for the early pickers around the 2nd week of July.
There looks like a good 2 weeks left of easy picking by the looks of a
suprising number of green berries yet to ripen on the bush.
Because blueberries are also favored by bear, be alert for the non-typical
moment of an encounter. "Bear Bells" can be worn to minimize the chances
of an encounter with bear while picking alone.
Sad Note ~
If you haven't seen or heard, there has been a disheartening amount
of tree "harvesting" around Northern Michigan and if you get to your favorite
picking spot and it's still there, be thankful. Click
for an image for the area where the pictures (below) were taken.
and tickle your tastebuds with Natures Candy!
WHERE TO FIND THEM - WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE:
region generally hosts a huge selection of BlueBerrie pickng grounds on
various State Land locations.
Jack Pines, Red Pines and Austrian Pines are an indicator species where
underneath and around them you'll find the low bush blueberries covering
the ground in a blanket of green. There are plenty of area's practically
void of most other plant species (like ferns) because of the shade created
by heavily wooded pines. It's here where you will find some of natures
and BlueBerries grow together and are distinguished by their color and
taste as well.
are much darker in color,, almost black in appearance
are a light 'sky blue' in appearance and the leaves of the bush are a tad
lighter color of green than their cousin the huckleberry.
CLEANING & STORAGE:
For immediate eating, clean up your berries berries by dumping
them in a large pot of cold water. Most the stems, leaves and even the
green berries will float, making it easy to scoop out the nasties. Then
pour into a collander and allow to drain thoroughly.
Another method for cleaning the berries submitted by a
resident local "Runing Moon"is to simply lay out a wool blanket and pour
the berries on it. Carefully lift one end and lightly shake it to roll
the happy berries down into the collection pan. This will separate the
twigs, leaves and sand as they stick to the wool of the blanket.
If you don't wish to can them or eat 'em right away, they
do hold much of their flavor if frozen properly. Place cleaned berries
into glass or plastic containers and just be sure to 'push' the excess
air out by pressing in the center of the container lid while closing it
up tight. I don't advise washing them prior to freezer storage as this
may result in "ice-clumping" if they aren't thoroughly dry. By not
washing the berries, they'll not stick to one another, thus making
it easy to scoop or pour out the frozen berries at your desire all through
the winter. Storing the berries in zip lock or plastic baggies can be quite
risky as they will be vulnerable to flavor loss and freezer burn during
Nothing like enjoying the sweet tastes of summer eating
blueberry pancankes with maple syrup for Christmas breakfast! Wink
at the snow as you enjoy the Yummmmmmm!!!
While out picking, respect
the source of your tastebud delights
as not to damage the bushes
or the remaining green unripened fruits
as so they can continue to
grace us with the tasty delights
in abundance for years to
it blueberrie muffins, pankcakes, over cereal or ice-cream or just by themselves!
They're just plain Mmmm MMmmm Good!!! Sssshhhhh,,,,
good FOR you too!
some recipe's and 'food for thought' below.
and your Health
Recent happenings had me searching through the data base of this internet
when low and behold, I discovered that these tasty little treats are much
more better than just in the tastebuds.
Blueberries are called what is an 'antitoxidant', a sort of oxygen
delivery vehicle.Note: Cancer loves sugar, and hates oxygen!.
Fruits and vegetables are the good stuff we need to heal up, clean
and wipe up the crud we seem to accumilate in our modern diets of chemicals,
dyes and who knows what else they stick in our food & snacks.
These findings aren't new by any means of the word except to that of my
own personal data base in my noggin'. Its been this way for all of
the plants and herbs that grow here and around the world. It
is just up to us to learn to use them as they were intended by our Maker.
Enjoy the Links I've got here for you.
From yummie recipe's to scientific information on the importance of
these sort of fruits in our diet to combat and prevail over cancer, prevent
and or inhibit symptoms passed off to aging such as motor-skill loss and
We need as much help as we can get since these and so many other 'animals'
out there such as depression, anxiety and stress that are constantly gnawing
at our lives.
Eat smart, live good, and savour every smile that comes from that
delightful feeling when you relish the tastes of Natures
BLUEBERRIES HELP YOU KICK
BUTT ON CANCER AND OTHER AILMENTS
Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
the Leader of the Pack
USDA Human Nutrition Research
Center on Aging at Tufts
Ronald L. Prior, Ph.D.
Fight the enemy with KNOWLEDGE!
Alternative & Conventional Reference and support for victims and
their loved ones
(always check with your professional)
Capacity, Vitamin C, Phenolics, and Anthocyanins after Fresh Storage of
Wilhelmina Kalt, Charles
F. Forney, Antonio Martin, and Ronald L.
Prior. The Journal of
Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 1999, 47,
start with the batter, either from scratch or quick-fix (mix it a little
drier than normal. The blueberries & banana will add moisture to it)
add (1) over-ripe banana (smoosh it up first to a paste-like mush)
add 1-2 drops pure vanilla extract (optional)
mix it up real good
then, add a bunch of blueberries (either frozen or fresh) - - STIR up until
blueberries area dispursed evennly within the batter.
Pour onto griddle or fryin' pan into various shapes and sizes.
Blueberrie/Peach Dump Cake
(Mock Blue Banana)
Use a rectangular cake pan - ungreased
Dump a can of sliced peaches including da' juice
Dump about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of sugar in, and mix it allll up. / spread
Dump about a pint or two of huckleberries 'n blueberries on top and spread
Sprinkle a box of white or yellow cake-mix evenly over da' berries.
Cube up a stick of butter an toss 'em over the cakemix somewhat evenly
Dump a bunch of crushed walnuts atop the cakemix 'n butter,, spread evenly
Bake at 350F for about an hour and 15 minutes 'then remove and allow to
Great as a hot topping over vanilla ice cream!!!
Grab up a bunch of friends and become gluttons for the evening. You'll
have fun trying to convince them there isn't a bit of banana in the ingredients.
Cool Blueberry Treat
Graham Crackers, Blueberries and Milk
Just dump in a bowl with a tad of sugar
and a couple dashes of cinnamon.
Holy Smokes! Is this goooood!!!
PineApple-Cherry Dump Cake
same as the description above except replace the peaches with pineapple,
and the blueberries with cherry pie filling.
Rich in natural blue antioxidants, Wild Blueberries
deliver as much antioxidant power as five servings of other fruits and
vegetables. Just 1/2 cup a day has more of what your body may need
to help fight cancer, heart disease and memory loss from aging. And remember,
Frozen Wild Blueberries are healthy, delicious and easy to use right out
of the freezer.
easy ways to serve blueberries
(Recipe's from New Brunswick Blueberrie territory!
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