Wild Blueberry Weekend in Maine

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To celebrate wild Maine blueberries, I thought I would share two of my recipes that will not only beat the heat and cool you down but will also let you enjoy wild Maine blueberries. If you can't find wild Maine blueberries, you can, of course, substitute them for regular blueberries and still enjoy these recipes. If you would like to pick your own Maine blueberries check out the list of Maine farms that offer pick your own.

The difference between wild Maine blueberries and regular blueberries

The first noticeable difference between the two blueberries is that wild Maine blueberries are smaller than cultivated blueberries. The wild blueberries have less water, which makes them smaller and also gives them a more intense taste. While blueberries are delicious, you can definitely notice the difference in taste with wild blueberries. Another difference is in harvesting the blueberries. Cultivated blueberries are picked by hand, whereas wild blueberries are usually raked, and then winnowing machines are used in the fields to remove the leaves and twigs that were raked up with the berries. Another added benefit of eating blueberries is the health benefits. The Cleveland Clinic says blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits because they are rich in antioxidants, with wild blueberries containing 13,427 antioxidants per cup whereas cultivated blueberries have 9,019 per cup. Enjoy your blueberries with these recipes.

Blueberry shakes

Lemon pairs nicely with blueberries which is why I add the lemon zest which of course you are free to not include if you aren't a fan of lemon or don't have a lemon handy.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of milk or you can use almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk
  • 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries (preferably wild Maine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated lemon zest

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Blueberry slushies

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups of blueberries(preferably wild Maine)
  • 2 cups of ice cubes

In a blender add the lemon juice, sugar, and blueberries and blend until smooth. Add the ice cubes to the mixture and blend just until slushy. Pour into glasses and serve.

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