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How are wild blueberries different from blueberries

Posted by ReganJonesRD
November 19, 2013
Featured in: Ingredient Spotlight
How are wild blueberries different from blueberries

[Disclosure: The post is sponsored by Wild Blueberries. I was compensated for my time. Opinions expressed are my own.]

~by Regan Jones, RD

One of the joys of the holidays is undoubtedly the seasonality of certain foods and flavors. Let's be honest... the fact that you can hashtag #PSL and join a computer screen full of Pumpkin Spice Latte tributes is proof enough that we food fans love seasonal flavors.  

But what about those foods that know no boundaries? The ones we can enjoy whenever, without regard to time and the whims of Starbuck's baristas everywhere. Don't they deserve the same excitement? If they're crowd pleasers, I say yes.

Today's post is sponsored Wild Blueberries (available year-round in your freezer section) and a wonderful reminder that some recipes show up on your table because they're frankly too damn good not to.

Now, before you start thinking blueberries... at Thanksgiving... really? 

No. Not blueberries. WILD blueberries. Did you know they are very different berries? Beyond the fact that wild blueberries have two times the antioxidants of regular blueberries, the tiny, potent wild blueberry has a bolder (more blueberryish - if that's a word) flavor than cultivated. They are also one of only three berries native to North America (The food nerd in me finds this terribly fascinating). But even more interesting is that wild blueberries, which literally grow wild in Maine and parts of Canada, are harvested beginning in late July and through August. So while you may think of "blueberries" as summer produce, we're actually coming off the ideal time for wild blueberries. And thanks to the world of fresh, frozen fruit, the harvest is ready for you right from the freezer.

What recipe to start with? Enter your email address HERE and you'll have a recipe box full of new choices, including my Wild Blueberry Spiced Cider (shown above) and my Wild Blueberry Snowballs (shown below). You'll also receive recipes from other wild blueberry loving-bloggers, including Wild Blueberry Egg Nog, Wild Blueberry Gingerbread, Wild Blueberry Chai-Hot Chocolate, Wild Blueberry Crostini and Wild Blueberry-Sage Jam.

How are wild blueberries different from blueberries

...plus you'll also be entering for a chance to win a Wild Blueberry Gift Basket filled with goodies and $1000 in cash! (But don't delay. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 22nd.)

How are wild blueberries different from blueberries

Tell me... have you ever tried wild blueberries? Did you realize they were so different than cultivated? If you were going to add them to your holiday table, what dish would you prepare?

 

ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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