It’s summer and time to enjoy the blueberries grown here in North Carolina! Weather conditions in the state have resulted in a bountiful blueberry season this year, ensuring weeks and weeks of eating blueberries by the handful or in the delicious smoothie recipe below. Known as a superfood, blueberries are a good source of anti-oxidants and are packed with vitamin C, fiber, and manganese.
Buying local blueberries in season often costs less, and if you stock up, you can preserve them by freezing, canning, or drying, allowing you to enjoy blueberries all year long! The National Center for Home Food Preservation is a great resource to get you started. Want to grow your own blueberries? This guide will help.
North Carolina blueberries are typically available mid-May until mid-August2. Check out our What’s in Season blog post to learn what else is growing in North Carolina this summer.
Banana Berry Smoothie
(Recipe adapted from Deliciously Ella)
½ cup blueberries (strawberries are good, too)
½ cup cold water
1 tbsp. oats
1 tbsp. peanut butter (or almond butter)
Peel and slice banana and place in a blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes. Pour in a glass and enjoy!
 North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. NC bluberry crop looks to be record http://ncagr.gov/paffairs/release/2015/6-15blueberry-season.htm
 North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Blueberries: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/commodit/horticul/blueberr/
 U.S. Highbush Blueberry County. Blueberry Nutrition: http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/healthy-living/blueberry-nutrition/
 USDA ChooseMyPlate.Gov. Ten tips for affording fruits and vegetables: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/TenTips/DGTipsheet9SmartShopping.pdf