Summer berries are arriving just in time to help us celebrate! Find juicy red strawberries and plump blueberries at our Harvest Home Farmer's™ Markets. Strawberries were early this year. Grab them while you can. Yum, yum, yum!
Fireworks! Picnics! Family gatherings! The 4th is our favorite summer holiday. Berries are a delicious way to add festive colors and sweetness to any summer dish! Or toss some juicy berries in your mouth to cool down.
Red, White and Blue....berries your meals. Not just loaded with cool, juicy taste, blueberries and strawberries are packed with antioxidants that fight disease. For breakfast or a snack, energize yourself with a refreshing mix of strawberries, blueberries and low-fat vanilla yogurt. Yogurt adds sweetness without extra calories and helps your digestion. Freeze blueberries and take them along for an icy snack.
Add berries to any salad.
Put some zing to your grilled meat or picnic with Red, White and Blue...berry salsa. Mix together in a large bowl:
1 cup fresh blueberries and 1 cup of diced strawberries
1 cup diced jicama
1/3 cup cilantro
¼ cup finely chopped onion
2 Tablespoons finely chopped stemmed and seeded jalapeno pepper
Juice from a large lime
Fourth of July desserts! Ohh, the possibilities!
Strawberry, blueberry shortcake is an easy winner: Toss a few cups of berries with a little sugar to make them juicy sweet. You just need a few teaspoons of sugar and let the berries sit for an hour. Put them on biscuits or cake or ice cream. Or try fresh strawberry pie (See recipe) for dessert.
Any way you combine these berries, it's a treat for your mouth and your body.
Red, white and blue....berry your 4th of July and ENJOY!
RECIPE: "Berry" Delicious Desserts
FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE
A No-Bake pie with fresh uncooked strawberries. Great for hot weather when you don't want to use the oven a lot.
6 cups of strawberries (3-4 pints)
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons corn starch
9 inch baked pastry shell for bottom pie crust
Prepare/bake pastry shell and cool.
Mash up 2 cups of strawberries and add enough water to make 1 ½ cups of liquid.
Place in a sauce pan with corn starch and sugar.
Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens...about 5 minutes or less. Cool
Put remaining strawberries in pastry shell and pour on the cooked strawberries. Chill.
Cobblers are fruit with a biscuit or cake topping. Great for dessert with ice cream.
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TIPS: Berries for Today & Tomorrow
HOW TO KEEP DELICIOUS
Store blueberries and strawberries in the fridge without washing. Wash them just before using and let dry on a paper towel
Blueberries like to be frozen separately so you can get as many or as few as you feel like from the freezer. Lay them on a cookie sheet and freeze. Put frozen berries in a plastic zip-lock bag for storage. On a hot day, let a few melt in your mouth or save them and remember the taste of summer in the winter.
MORE WAYS TO EAT NOW
Sprinkle fresh berries on your cereal for a real morning treat and energy boost
4th of July Rockets: On a wooden skewer put Strawberries then something white, like cheese or bananas and then blueberries.
Snack on smoothies made with strawberries, blueberries and bananas. No sugar needed! Or try them for a summer breakfast.
Use either either milk or fat-free yogurt. Along with a delicious refreshing taste, you get calcium for your bones and antioxidants to keep you healthy.
For a frozen smoothie: Add 3-4 ice cubes to the blender to make a frozen snack.
Try freezing yogurt in an ice cube tray. Store the cubes in plastic bags. Toss into your smoothies instead of ice cubes!
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