Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? Blueberries are a fruit produced on bushes, are native to the North America and are commercially produced in at least 38 states. They are readily available in the supermarket or at a local U-pick type farm. For centuries before Europeans arrived, the Native Americans harvested wild berries from the forests and bogs. They called them star berries for the five-pointed star on the blossom end.
Blueberries are low in calories and sodium and high in fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals, making them a very healthy food. Their blue color means they contain anthocyanin, a polyphenol with powerful antioxidant properties. They are also a good source of vitamin C and manganese.
Although they also grow in bogs, as cranberries do, the high or low bush blueberry you grow in your garden today is most likely a hybrid
of wild varieties developed in the early 1900’s. Both the highbush and lowbush species
grow well here, being at home in zones 4 to 7 and 2 to 6, respectively. As do the newer half-high varieties, a cross between the high and low bush blueberry.
There are many varieties to select from in local garden centers and nurseries, as well as mail order catalogs. Many of the companies on our Sales and Coupons
pages A to J, K to P,
and Q to Z
carry them. The July/August issue of Gardening How-To
magazine mentions many excellent species, including
, Dwarf Northblue, Patriot, Top Hat and Jersey Blueberry
A versatile fruit, they can be incorporated into a variety of food stuffs. Blueberries can be found in scones, muffins, bread, ice cream, fruit smoothies, syrup, yogurt, jelly and pies, as well as juice, wine and sangria. Learn more about the history and culture of blueberries.
Local Pocono area Blueberry Farms begin the pick your own season around July 20 each year. It is best to call individual farms before heading out to confirm that the season has begun and what the hours are.
Coutts Paupack Blueberry Farm
184 Gumbletown Road, Paupack, PA 18451
555 Hemlock Road, Waymart, PA 18472
1600 Owl Creek Road, Lehighton, PA 18235
Pocono area Farmer's Markets
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