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Getting the kitchen blues is actually very good and healthy. Native blueberries are one of the best and most important health foods that grow throughout much of northern North America either as domesticated bush, or in the wild. In recent decades, blueberries have been developed and planted in warmer climates, such as South America, making the tasty berries available throuighout the year.

In northwestern Pennsylvania and many other northern locations, the harvest season begins in late July and continues well into August and even September. The “little blue dynamos” can be found at roadside stands, farmers markets, pick-your-own berry farms, in addition to supermarkets. With very little effort, it is easy to find plenty of berries to last throughout the year, Blueberries can be frozen or canned for kitchen use throughout the year; the berries also make a very good wine or brandy.

Blueberry bushes can also be easily planted in the yard or garden at home for your own personal use. The bushes are attractive and require minimal space. The stunning white flowers in the spring, attract a wide variety of native bees, such as the bumblebee as well as honey bees. The blueberry bush, however,  prefers a soil which is on the acidic side, enjoy plenty of organic material, along with plenty of sun. Most experts suggest planting at least two different varities of blueberries which will help to increase yields. The bushes can live and reproduce for decades. (I have bsushes, which are approaching 75 years as far as anyone can tell; they’ve just always been there.).

Deer don’t bother the bushes, nor do rabbits or groundhogs. Even when there were cows and sheep here, the farm animals didn’t bother the bushes. There can be several problems with some insect pests but those can be easily controlled with the proper information from an agricultural organization. Here, the bushes have been pest free from insect problems. Once the berries begin to ripen birds enjoys them just as much as humans. Many growers use an inexpenive netting to control the bird-plucking.

Blueberries are flavorful and can be used in a wide range of recipes, even in a blueberry pizza!  Best of all, the berries are a great health food. One cup contains only about 80 calories and has more antioxidents than either spinach or oranges.. Blueberries are high in Vitamins C, one cup is 50 percent of the FDA recommended allowance,  and contain commendable amounts of Vitamin E and other vital nutrients such as beta-carotene, folic acid, fiber and potassium.

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For health sake,  the blues are pretty good, and perhaps, the best.

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With the freezer on life support and a near record crop of blueberries, drying seemed to be the best option. Course I could can a few jars for winter, but small jars at a premium. Drying just seems like a like simpler method, though, never really attempted to dry blueberries. I got the food dehydrator out of the closet, washed it off and got ready to pick some berries. Then the rains came again.

It doesn’t seem hard to dry blueberries. Most recipes I searched recommended to coat the berries in lemon juice, put in the dryer, and let the blueberries dry to the consistency desired. The when the blueberries are dry enough, store in an air tight container. It takes anywhere from 6 to 8 hours.

There really were no explanations as to why to coat the berries in lemon juice. Any ideas? I know for apples it will prevent some discoloration.

Blueberries are good and one of the healthiest berries to eat. Native to North America, blueberries are good for heart health, weight reduction, lower cholesterol and some cancers. Besides all that, blueberries are just plain good eating.

Along with searching for how to dry blueberries, I came across some history. One said in the pioneer days, the blueberries were dried (probably the sun and a campfire) and saved for winter use. One method of using the dried blueberry was to use it as a meat rub. Anyone know more about this? It sounds intriguing.

The rain has quit and it is off to a patch of blueberries I know about.