Thursday, July 3, 2008

Blueberry Popsicles and More

July is peak blueberry season here in Georgia. Get yours while they last! Pick them up from local growers at weekly farmers' markets, or from stores like Sevananda Natural Foods Co-Op. Or pack up the kids and go pick your own from farms around the state. Keep reading for helpful links and more nutritional information about blueberries!

This blueberry popsicle recipe from Wondertime is quick and easy and a great use of the gorgeous blueberries that are in peak season now. Freeze the popsicles for 3-4 hours.

For more info on the intense nutritional benefits of blueberries, check out this article from The Worlds Healthiest Foods website.

To find a farm where you can pick your own berries visit Where to Pick Your Own.

Georgia is the 7th leading blueberry grower in the nation and for more great info on our local harvests of Rabbiteye blueberries visit the UGA College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences.

If you want to grow your own blueberries take this advise from the UGA CAES article:
"Under good management, blueberry bushes will produce some fruit the second or third year after transplanting. By the sixth year they will yield as much as 2 gallons each. The yield will continue to increase for several years as the plants get larger."