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Dried Blueberries: Quintessentially American
Constantly baked into pies, stirred into cereal, and eaten fresh off the bush under the summer sun, blueberries are one of the few fruits that are native to North America.
Indigenous people from both sides of the continent rely heavily on fresh as well as dried blueberries to give them healthy and tasty eats.
Blueberries Are Among the Planet’s Healthiest Foods
Blueberries are considered super-food; with good reason. Studies show that their consumption inhibits the growth of cancer cells, prevents and alleviates urinary tract infections, lowers cholesterol and slows the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Blueberries contain no cholesterol, sodium or fat, making them an excellent snack choice. They are high in vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, iron, phosphorous and potassium.
Some types of wild blueberries are thought to contain as much as four times as much antioxidants as those grown in cultivation.
Sun Dried to Perfection
Dried blueberries are easy to produce. They can be rinsed free of soil or dust in cool water and laid out flat on sheet pans in the sun to dry.
Many people coat the berries with lemon juice before beginning the drying process. Because drying them in the sun is likely to attract hungry birds and other opportunists, using a food dryer is recommended for those who want to dry the berries for home culinary use.
Adding Blueberries to Your Diet
Dried blueberries can be tossed into salads or cereal, stirred into pancake mix, baked into muffins or sprinkled over yogurt.
Storing them in airtight containers or in plastic bags with zippers in a cool, dry place will ensure long shelf life.