Monday, June 15, 2009

Superfood: Blueberries

Superfoods are foods that pack a super nutritious punch or are just very healthy.
Blueberries is one of them and are delicious all ways: just plain, cooked, baked, in cookies, muffins, pies, scones and more!
Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamin C, Vitamin K, Manganese, Vitamin E. They are good for digestion, aid in "elimination" and prevent bacteria from clinging to bladder walls, like in urinary tract infections. Blueberries are are available all year round, are good frozen and dried as well as fresh.
Jon's brother, Rob, loves blueberry pie. I always think of him with a blue stained face happily eating it at Thanksgiving.

Blueberries are in their most nutritious form when fresh or recently thawed. But, raw is by far the most nutritious serving method.
Here is a recipe for a blueberry relish, using raw berries to serve with chicken or pork or to sprinkle on lettuce and make into a salad.

Blueberry Ginger Relish
1 cup blueberries, coarsely chopped (unless using wild blueberries, which are tiny)
1 shallot, chopped
1 chile pepper (serrano, jalapeno etc) optional
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1 T lime juice
1 tsp fresh minced ginger
1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients at least 20 min before serving. This gives the flavors a chance to marry. This will keep in the fridge, covered for a few days.

1 comment:

Laurie said...

I think this is Claudia's favorite food.