The Gleeful Gourmand: Madly, Truly, Deeply, Blueberries

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Madly, Truly, Deeply, Blueberries

Blueberries, oh heavenly blueberries! We've finally hit the prime months when blueberries are fresh, ripe, and each tiny ball is bursting with flavor on the tongue. I wait all year long anticipating blueberry season - even more than strawberry season. There's a reason my favorite pie to make is blueberry pie.

I've always loved this berry, but I think my true love affair started when I began visiting Maine. I could wax on forever about why I love Maine so much, but mostly when I think about my obsession with blueberries, I always come back to a specific memory. A few months after we were married, Buck and I headed to Bar Harbor, Maine for a long weekend getaway. One of the things on my "list" (ugh, I hate referring to it as my "bucket list") was to climb Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. I had been to the top on a previous trip, but I got there via a car. I always felt like I had sort of cheated, and I really wanted to tackle this challenge. It was a tough hike, or at least it was for me, but the thing that made it so memorable, besides the breathtaking views, was the fact that about an hour in we came across a few blueberry bushes just off the trail, and, seeing an elderly grandmother who was coming down from the mountain in her orthopedic shoes (which definitely gave me the "Oh hell, if she could do it, I can do it" push I needed) plucking the berries straight off the bush and eating them, we decided to partake. The berries were small, and very tart, but delicious.

Ever since then, I have been more than smitten with blueberries. I'm not ashamed to admit that I've been known to eat them by the handful just straight out of the carton. I also have blueberry bushes in my backyard, but I also have a lot of wildlife that beat me to the fruit every time. There are, like strawberries, a ridiculous amount of ways to enjoy them. Very soon I'll share with you my favorite recipe for Blueberry Pie, but to tide you over, here is a great way to eat blueberries for dessert using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry:

• A handful or two (or three) of fresh blueberries, washed, and picked over for stems.
• A dollop of your favorite sour cream (I use fat free sour cream).
• A healthy sprinkling of dark brown sugar.

And that's it. Fool with it however suits you: more sour cream or more brown sugar, or less. Although be careful with the brown sugar because too much can make the dish a little grainy. And if you can't get enough blueberries like me, and happen to have kids, be sure to read the classic "Blueberries for Sal," one of Liam's favorite stories. Enjoy!


Kirsten Oliphant said...

You had twins and are writing blog posts?!?! You must REALLY love blueberries! I always love reading or hearing other people's perspectives on things that are not my favorite. I like blueberries. Definitely not love, definitely not to where I get excited about them. I'm not a huge fruit person--unless it's kiwi, pineapple, or mango. There must be a personality test somewhere that tells you what you're like based on the fruit you like. :) anyway, I will still for sure use a blueberry pie recipe, so will look forward to that!

Jenna said...

Yeah - it's all that crack I'm on. Helps me to multitask. Also, they're really good babies (so far), so I've got a teeny tiny bit of time. I definitely love a lot of fruit, except (and I'm not making this up to mess with you) - kiwi, which I'm allergic too. ;)

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