What am I
In the spring, my bush grows white or pink bell-shaped flowers.
I am a popular berry and maybe even one of the first finger foods you ate! Over a summer weekend, especially over the 4th of July, you can find me in summer desserts.
Where I grow
It makes sense that I'm a big part of USA holidays, because I'm native to North America. Not long ago, you didn't find me at the grocery store, you had to pick me in the wild. I grow on a bush in highly acidic soil in cool climates, not ideal conditions for most farmers.
In the early summer, my berries grow and start as lime green, turning red, and finally are ready to pick when it is dark blue.
After I'm picked
I am very delicate, so I am handpicked. After you purchase or pick me, you should only wash me right before you're going to eat me. This is because the protective coating, called "bloom", is removed. I can be eaten raw. You can also dry them to add to baked goods or trail mixes. When frozen, I can be added to baked goods or mixed in a smoothie. It can even be made into a jam!
Did you guess... Blueberry
Enjoy some blueberries this weekend! Did you know that American Indians called blueberries Star Berries because of its five-pointed star shape at the end of the berry? Also, blueberries are one of the only foods that are truly blue!
DID YOU KNOW
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