National Blueberry Day is on July 8. We are celebrating this day to spread information about the health benefits of blueberries. The holiday is dedicated to our favorite, tasty, nutrient-packed, fiber-rich, and antioxidant-rich fruit. Blueberries are also loaded with numerous benefits for the health and wellness of our bodies. This tasty fruit is something that we all need on a hot, dry day to keep us feeling refreshed. The delicious, juicy inside of the berry explodes inside our mouths with a tasty flavor that we will always love. So let us enjoy this day by learning more about this fruit and its health benefits.
History of National Blueberry Day
Blueberries are perennial flowering plants native to North America. The berry’s color ranges between blue and purple. The blueberries we see today are relatively new. They were first grown in the 1900s. The wild variety was not possible to feasibly grow and harvest on farms, and people had to pick them up from the wild to enjoy their delicious taste. We have been consuming them in the wild for more than 13,000 years. Native Americans understood the versatility and medicinal benefits of fruit and used them as ingredients in medicines and as flavoring agents in food.
The commercially available blueberry’s origin can be traced back to Elizabeth White and Frederick Coville. They figured out how to grow blueberries and cultivated them on their farm. Thanks to their efforts, it is possible for us to enjoy the tasty treat of blueberries and enjoy their medicinal benefits.
As mentioned before, blueberries offer a wide variety of health benefits. Numerous studies claim that consuming blueberries daily can bring about positive changes in health. It can lower cholesterol levels, promote heart health, reduce D.N.A. damage, fight aging and cancer, improves brain functions, and work against diabetes. The season for cultivating blueberries in North America falls between April and September. We are celebrating Blueberry Day and Blueberry Month during this season.
National Blueberry Day timeline
Native Americans understand the benefits of blueberries and start to consume them.
Elizabeth White, along with Frederick Coville, successfully grows blueberries on their farm.
Elizabeth White and Frederick Coville's team sells their first commercial blueberry crop.
Europeans start to cultivate the highbush blueberry varieties.
National Blueberry Day FAQs
Do blueberries help you sleep?
Blueberries can help with sleep deprivation due to stress. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that can help relieve stress and promote a state of calm.
Are blueberries high in sugar?
Blueberries contain around 15 grams of sugar per cup of 148 grams. This is a moderate level. However, they are also full of bioactive compounds which makes them good for health.
How many cups of blueberries should I eat a day?
One cup of blueberries a day can be good for improving cardiovascular health.
National Blueberry Day Activities
Make some blueberry juice
Blueberry juice is loaded with nutrients and essential minerals. It has various health benefits associated with it. Buy fresh blueberries from your nearest vendor and make juice with them.
Visit a blueberry farm
Do you have a blueberry farm near you? Then check in with them and visit the farm. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about farming techniques and how to care for blueberry plants. Some farms let you harvest berries on your own. If you happen to have such a farm nearby, grab a bucket and start collecting fresh berries.
Dry some blueberries
Blueberries can be dried and used in the future. They can be used to give flavor to various dishes and can be consumed as a snack too.
5 Facts About Blueberries That You Should Know
Largest blueberry producers
The U.S. and Chile are the largest producers of blueberries in the world.
Naturally blue fruit
Blueberries are one of the only fruits that are naturally blue; this is due to a pigment called anthocyanin.
By 2020, smartphones around the world have blueberry emojis.
Blueberries are certified by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy food.
U.S. blueberry production
The U.S. produces around 40% of the total supply of highbush blueberries.
Why We Love National Blueberry Day
They’re super tasty and super healthy
Blueberries are tasty as well as healthy. The health benefits are numerous and the taste is just marvelous. Cholesterol, heart health, brain health, immunity, weight loss, etc. It is hard to not like this fruit and the day it is celebrated on.
They are versatile fruits
Blueberries are versatile fruits. They can be dried, crushed, mixed, and even added as a flavor. It is hard to say no to a fruit that can be used everywhere.
A job provider
There are thousands of blueberry farms in the U.S. It is a business that supports a lot of people in America alone. We love to dedicate a day to such amazing crops that support a lot of people.
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