Blueberries, oh yum!
Summertime is prime time for these powerful nuggets of juicy sweetness. We were amazed to discover all the virtues and health benefits of this super food that we decided to share them with you:
Interesting Facts About Blueberries
Archaeological data shows blueberries existed 10,000 years ago. Native American Indians valued blueberries for medicinal use, as a source of food, and in cultural context long before the arrival of colonists. Here are some quick facts:
It is fitting that we celebrate National Blueberry Month every July during peak harvest time. A serving or two of blueberries on a regular basis is safe and beneficial for most people.
Organic, fresh blueberries are especially nutritious when eaten raw. It is also easy to throw in a few ounces of flour-dusted blueberries to liven up a muffin or pancake batter.
Try this Hand Pie recipe for a tasty summer treat on the run:
By Lynn/Nourish and Nestle (makes 4)
Ingredients & Instructions
In a food processor, mix flour and salt. Add very cold butter to flour. Pulse until mixture resembles a coarse meal, with just a few larger pieces remaining. Mix egg yolk with sour cream. Add to mixture and pulse until dough holds together. If it’s too dry, add sour cream tablespoon by tablespoon.
Divide dough into four equal pieces, form into disks and wrap each in parchment or wax paper. Refrigerate for one hour. While dough is chilling, prepare the filling.
Mix filling ingredients together. Mash a few blueberries to release juice, enough to moisten dry ingredients. Set aside for an hour.
To Prep and Bake
Bring dough out of the refrigerator. Roll each disk to 1/8-inch thickness, forming a 6 inch circle. Brush beaten egg white on the side where filling will be placed. Place 1/4 of the blueberry mixture on each disk. Fold over and crimp the edges. Place on a parchment lined baking tray. Make three 1/2-inch cuts on the crust top. Repeat process and place completed pies in the freezer for one hour, or package them to cook at a later time.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove hand pies from freezer. Brush with egg yolk. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. Place in oven and set timer for 10 minutes. At the end of 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and bake 10 to 15 minutes longer.
You can never go wrong with a nice Blueberry Pie and what better way to celebrate than on the National holiday for these berries!
Your health and quality of life are our priorities.
Enjoy the deliciousness!
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