Bonkers for Blueberries
Taking their cue from Native Americans, early settlers of America introduced blueberries into their diets when other food sources were scarce. Mocking their British roots, the first colonists added blueberries to traditional English fruit and dough puddings and renamed them "buckle," "grunt," and "slump." During the Civil War of the 1860s, blueberries were collected, packaged, and sent to Union troops for use as a food staple. The pale, powder-like protective coating on the skin of blueberries is called "bloom." Blueberries contain more antioxidants than most other fruits or vegetables and may help prevent damage caused by cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. Did you know…The annual harvest of North American blueberries would cover a four lane highway from Chicago to New York if spread out in a single layer!