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
Feed your food curiosity! Snackster Sam provides fun and educational content about food that grows. Join the adventure. Download the Snackster Sam app from Google Play or the App Store.
Hey kids! Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your pals how much you care for them. Now that I know about the snacks from the Blue Planet, Max and I like to exchange new kinds of Valentines. Chocolate and lollipops? No thank you!
We love snacks that come from trees!
Check out these Valentine Snacks!
Hand out Valentine fruits with funny sayings. Use a printer or hand write notes. Fruit can go into containers, decorative bags, or can be handed out whole (apples, oranges, bananas).
One of my favorite things about summer is the fresh berries and fruit in season. There's nothing like biting into a juicy summer peach or a ripe strawberry (and they are even sweeter when they are wild)! When I think back on my summers as a kid, peaches come to mind. I couldn't wait to go to the the farmer's market or grocery store with my mom and find the juiciest peaches. This is an experience I want to share with my children, too. Well... and let's be honest, I'm still a kid at heart, too! Peaches for the whole family!
It's not always easy to get ripe or juicy peaches in the midwest. That's why we've created a summer snack that is delicious, easy, and fun! This is the perfect recipe to use a bruised, over or underripe peach. We added strawberries for a yummy twist, but you can use a variety of fruits based on what's in season and available.
If you have kids and don't have a popsicle mold, you're missing out! You can usually get molds for about the same price as store-bought popsicles made with fruit. If you don't have popsicle molds, you can use wooden popsicle sticks and paper cups. Making your own popsicles allows you to cut out added sugar, use bruised and overripe fruit, and of course, make memories!
Pair this summer treat with sunshine and shorts!
Spring is in the air! It always arrives a little later than the calendar date in my neck of the woods. We are excited to see critters crawling and flying as trees bud, and life emerges from winter's grasp. What better way to discuss how creatures change than a lesson on caterpillars and butterflies! This lesson is reinforced with a Snackster Sam approved snack!
Caterpillars and Watermelon Butterflies are incredibly easy to make (no worries about Pinterest fails) and will get children excited about eating and trying new fruits and vegetables.
Things you'll need:
Grapes or Cherry Tomatoes
Blueberries or Raisins