The Freshest Of Blueberries

    Long before Fats Domino was crooning about “Blueberry Hill,” Native Americans used the potent fruit to treat coughs.  Blueberries rank among the highest of any fruit for antioxidants, and one cup delivers 14% of the recommended daily dose of fiber and nearly a quarter of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. We were given a blueberry plant from our sweet friends, and we love it!  We have been picking berries for everything; snacks, cereal, smoothies and whatever else.  I highly recommend buying one.  The care for them is very easy and the money you’ll save (if you go through as many blueberries as we do) is huge.  Here are some pictures of our little new addition.

Black Is The New Berry

 Blackberries are one of the top ten antioxidant foods, they are packed with polyphenols helping to prevent cancer and heart disease.  They strengthen blood vessels, and improves eyesight.  The high tannin content of blackberries helps to tighten tissue, relieves intestinal inflammation, and helps reduce hemorrhoids (lovely), and stomach disorders.  Blackberries are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, manganese and fiber.

Here is an easy recipe for blackberry-blueberry cobbler

Blackberry-Blueberry Cobbler 

  1 1/2 c fresh blackberries

1 1/2 c fresh blueberries

3 tbsp sugar

1/3 c fresh orange juice

2/3 c whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 c butter

1 large egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375

Combine berries, sugar and orange juice in a lightly greased 8 inch baking dish, set aside.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.

In a medium bowl, add butter and beat egg and vanilla extract together. gradually add flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are combined.

Drop batter over berry mixture.

Bake 35-40 minutes


FYI: Santa Barbara Farmers Market Saturday