Blueberries in garden

July is National Blueberry Month, and whether you enjoy them fresh, frozen or dried, by themselves or in a favorite recipe, what better way to celebrate this tasty little berry than to give it the spotlight? The blueberry is native to North America and is grown throughout the United States almost all year round. The blueberry we all know and love today has only been available for a little over a century, quickly becoming a national favorite since its inception. By the ‘70s, its increasing popularity led the USDA to officially proclaim that July would be National Blueberry Month.

The Benefits of the Blueberry

Blueberries are a magnificent little fruit. According to Publix dietitian Jennifer Patzkowsky, a registered dietitian nutritionist, blueberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K and a good source of fiber. Jennifer also explains that one cup of blueberries can meet 50% of a person’s fruit requirements for a single day. With that one cup having only 80 calories and being sodium-free, it makes for the perfect summertime snack!

Must-Try Recipes

Meal chefs have some exciting recipes featuring blueberries.Our Blueberry Chutney Turkey, Berry Bright Salad, and Fruit Crunch Parfait recipes create the perfect example of incorporating this appealing berry into a three course meal. Our Chicken Pesto Ravioli with Blueberries and Goat Cheese recipe was a 2015 Aprons contest entry and shows a savory way to incorporate these berries. Lastly, our Blueberry Pancake Casserole is a perfect centerpiece to a delicious Sunday brunch. These are just a few of the blueberry-themed recipes that we feature on our Aprons page.

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Do you have a family dish that calls for blueberries? Tell us how you plan to celebrate National Blueberry month and share your recipe photos on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Alec H.

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Alec H. started his career with Publix in 2012, serving in many roles in the store before transitioning into corporate first as an intern and eventually as a full-time associate on the Social Media team. He loves to bring you behind-the-scenes looks at our products, especially because he gets to learn something new each time he writes a new blog, too. Alec’s favorite holiday is Halloween, which is fitting since watching scary movies are is one of his favorite pastimes. When he’s not writing for the Publix Checkout or interacting with our customers on social media, you’ll find him playing with his two dogs (Buster and Diesel), jamming on his ukulele, playing video and board games, or running on the beautiful streets of St. Petersburg, FL.

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