April 21, 2011Blueberries are one of America's truly native fruits, and have been an important part of the Native American diet for centuries. Often added to fresh or dried to stews, blueberry juice was used as a cough syrup, blueberry leaves were made into tea and ground dried blueberries were used as a meat rub. After a harsh winter that decimated the settlers' community, the Wampanoag Indians taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn and gather local food, blueberries were an important element. A beverage made with blueberries was an important staple for Civil War Soldiers. In the 1880s a blueberry canning industry began in the Northeast USA. Fast-forward to the present...North America is the leading producer of blueberries, growing 90% of the world's annual blueberry harvests. We now know and science supports what our forbears knew long ago ... blueberries offer great value to any nutritional regimen!
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