National Blueberry Muffin Day is celebrated on 11 July. While blueberry is one of the less popular muffin flavors, those who love it swear by it! National Blueberry Muffin Day was created in order to celebrate the culinary delight that is the blueberry muffin! Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and have tons of health benefits, and having a muffin is the tastiest way to incorporate these berries into your diet. In fact, a lot of people consider blueberries to be a superfood. These berries aid in weight loss and healthy digestion, and they keep you full for a long time. Moreover, blueberries also boost mental health, protect against heart disease, manage blood sugar levels, improve skin clarity, and make our bones strong. The list of blueberry benefits is really quite impressive!
History of National Blueberry Muffin Day
Like many beloved food items, the origin of the blueberry muffin is a tale of adaptation and a stroke of culinary good luck. For the longest time, an ancient berry known as the bilberry was commonly used in baked foods throughout Europe. When the pilgrims first arrived in the Americas, they realized that bilberries were scarce in this new land. And that’s how the bilberries were replaced by blueberries. As they started developing a taste for blueberries, the pilgrims began to add them to popular baked goods like cakes, pies, and of course, muffins.
Fresh blueberries are used in ice creams and pancakes. Similarly, frozen blueberries are added into smoothies and pickled blueberries make for delightful candies. But the only blueberries that can be added to muffins are dried blueberries. Of course, blueberry syrup and blueberry frosting can be used to add that extra zing to muffins. Ever since muffins and blueberries came together, the breakfast platter has transformed for the better. Blueberry muffins and a glass of cold milk (or a cup of hot coffee) make for a filling breakfast, especially if you are in a rush. Warming your muffins before serving makes them more soft and delicious. National Blueberry Muffin Day was set up to honor this beloved muffin flavor.
National Blueberry Muffin Day timeline
The term ‘muffin’ is first printed in English — it is also known as a ‘teacake.’
Hannah Glasse notes down five muffin recipes in her cookbook.
Highbush blueberries begin to be cultivated in New Jersey.
Highbush blueberries arrive in Europe via America.
National Blueberry Muffin Day FAQs
Why are blueberry muffins good for you?
They possess a high amount of antioxidants that promote health. Blueberries possess Vitamin B complex, Vitamin A, Copper, and Vitamin C.
Is there a National Fruit Day?
No, but there is a National Fruitcake Day on December 27.
What do you eat blueberry muffins with?
Slice those tender muffins in half and slather with warm butter, cream cheese, or peanut butter. If you want to get fancy, try them with hazelnut spread, Greek yogurt, or cookie butter.
How to celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day
Organize a bake-off
Get your baker buddies together and organize a blueberry muffin bake-off. Make it interesting by adding your own frosting and garnish.
Treat your coworkers
Celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day by bringing a box of these delicious muffins to work. Your coworkers will love this delicious surprise.
Make blueberry-flavored desserts
Not a fan of muffins? No problem! You can also try your hand at making blueberry pies or blueberry ice cream. Or simply enjoy a blueberry popsicle.
5 Facts About Blueberries That Will Blow Your Mind
Blueberries are low-cal
Half a cup of blueberries only contains 44 calories.
People have always eaten blueberries
Humans have been eating blueberries for 13,000 years.
They are the only blue fruit
Blueberries are the only naturally occurring blue-colored fruit.
There’s a Blueberry Pie Day
April 28th is National Blueberry Pie Day.
They are used as food dyes
Thanks to their brilliant color, blueberries are used as natural food dyes.
Why we love National Blueberry Muffin Day
It makes breakfast fun
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and also the tastiest on National Blueberry Muffin Day. A simple muffin makes your breakfast plate delicious and filling.
It’s a day to treat yourself
Treat yourself with a blueberry muffin today! Pair it with your favorite coffee brew and see how this instantly cheers you up.
It’s a day to treat others
Treating your friends and coworkers is the best way to celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day. Everybody loves blueberry muffins and, as they say, the way to the heart is through the stomach!
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