National Blueberry Popover Day is celebrated annually on March 10. Do you know that the Blueberry Popover is the American variant of the British Yorkshire pudding, which was introduced in the 17th century? They are often baked in a small pan or dedicated popover pans that have straight-walled sides and can be filled with custards, creams, and fruits for added flavor.
History of National Blueberry Popover Day
A popover is a quick bread baked using egg batter — consisting of eggs, milk, flour, and salt. It is baked in small pans that are tall and separated from one another, to provide even heat distribution. When baked, they form airy rolls that puff up, popping over the edge of the tin. On the outside, they’re light and crispy, but on the inside, they’re warm and often hollow.
Blueberry popover first gained popularity in America in the 19th century, and it has only grown in popularity since then, spreading to other countries throughout the world. Portland popover pudding is one of its versions, and it’s cooked with garlic and herbs, with additional American adaptations including pumpkin puree in place of some of the flour and the inclusion of spices like nutmeg.
When making popovers, combining room temperature eggs and milk yields the finest results — a thin batter with ample air to rise when baked. The steam expands the batter more, causing it to puff up and pop over the tin. The egg protein keeps the pastry in form, and the crust ultimately becomes flaky and golden.
Blueberry popovers are a delicious breakfast option that may also be served with your favorite drinks for lunch or dinner. They are transformed into delectable savory buns by the addition of herbs and meat. However, they are best served with blueberries on the inside for a scrumptious treat.
National Blueberry Popover Day timeline
Blueberry highbush cultivars are introduced into Europe.
The first mention of popovers is found in a letter by E.E. Stuart.
The first printed popover recipe appears in the cookbook, “Practical Cooking” by M.N. Henderson.
Highbush blueberries are first cultivated in New Jersey.
National Blueberry Popover Day FAQs
Do blueberries help you lose weight?
According to recent research, blueberries may alter genes that regulate fat metabolism and storage, hence reducing belly fat and cholesterol levels.
Are blueberries good for your skin?
Blueberries are high in antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients. Together, these may support your skin’s ability to fight inflammation related to acne, psoriasis, eczema, and premature aging.
How do you prevent blueberry popovers from deflating?
To keep your delicious blueberry popovers from collapsing, simply pierce the bottom of the hot popovers with a sharp knife to allow steam to escape and lay them on a cooling rack.
National Blueberry Popover Day Activities
Bake your own blueberry popover
This is a perfect day to get into the kitchen and bake some blueberry popover. You can look up videos online to guide you on the procedure, and who knows how great they’ll turn out!
Enjoy blueberry popovers with loved ones
Blueberry popovers are a delicious meal to enjoy with friends and family. Take some time today to enjoy the most of it with them.
Share your recipe
Do you have a unique blueberry popover recipe that you've never seen before? Then today is a fantastic day to show it off to your friends and family so they can try a new popover flavor.
5 Facts About Blueberries That Will Amaze You
Originally called ‘Star Berries’
Native Americans once called them ‘star berries,’ because the five points of blueberry blossoms make a star shape.
They are medicinal
Native Americans used the juice from blueberries to treat coughs and other illnesses.
Blueberries appear in literature
Robert Frost, an American poet, loved them so much that he composed a poem about them.
Their color is rare
Blueberries are one of the few naturally occurring foods that have a true blue color.
The largest producers
The U.S. and Canada together produce over 60% of the world’s blueberries.
Why We Love National Blueberry Popover Day
Blueberries offer major health benefits
Blueberries offer a lot of health benefits. They are packed with antioxidants and are high in potassium and vitamin C, thus helping lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, among others. They also help maintain eye health, regulate blood sugar, and alleviate gastrointestinal issues.
The day helps us socialize
Blueberry popovers give us something to jointly enjoy together, over conversations or watching a movie or show. They provide an avenue for connecting and interacting with one another.
It provides us with a new experience
With several available recipes and a unique style of preparation, popovers provide new knowledge and taste experiences. They are very enjoyable and even have a way of brightening up your mood!
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