July is National Blueberry Month!

Celebrate by making a homemade blueberry topping

You’ll need:

1c blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2-3 T raw sugar or honey
1/4c water
1 tsp butter
salt to taste
small pot

What to do: Place blueberries, sugar, water, and salt in a blender and puree until smooth – about 1 minute. Pour mixture into a small pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix the butter into the warm topping. Pour over pancakes or add some to oatmeal.

Note: The blueberry puree does not need to be cooked, it can be eaten raw. Leave out the butter and salt and use just enough water for processing. Serve right away.

Tip: Leftover blueberry puree can be used to flavor your milk, plain yogurt or added to a smoothie.

Research question…..

What are the health benefits of blueberries?

Research Resources…

Blueberry Information
Class BrainBlueberries – Brief history of blueberries, health information, how to store and use blueberries.

Wild Blueberries – Research – Find out what researchers have learned about blueberries through their studies.

World’s Healthiest Foods: Blueberries – Nutrition and health information and a little history.

Wikipedia: Blueberry – Origins of the fruit, species, identification, cultivation, where they grow and more.

Woodland Survival: Edible Plants: Blueberry Pictures of wild blueberries at various stages of growth.

Pick Your Own: Blueberry Pie – An easy and great blueberry pie recipe! Pictures included.
Printables and Activities

US Highbush Blueberry Council: Get Smart with Blueberries – Printable activity sheets for kids.

Pick Your Own: Blueberries – Where and when can you pick blueberries in your area.

Scholastic: Blueberries for Sal Lesson Plan

Blueberry Council: How Blueberries Grow – Virtual tour of a blueberry farm, with video.
Quality Kids Crafts: Blueberry Coloring Page – With traceable word on the bottom.

ABC Teach: Blueberries in a Box – Coloring page.

Coloring Home: Blueberry Coloring Page – Printable coloring sheet.

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