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Blueberries: Berry, Berry Good

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Blueberry Delight

Blueberries are the Doris Day of summer fruit – happy-go-lucky, bright bouncing balls of flavor. Blackberries are moody, musky, and more complex. Watermelon is refreshing, juicy, and crisp. Cantaloupe is just a bit exotic. Peaches are downright racy — seductive, sexy, and sensual. We don’t get much in the way of cherries in the Deep South, but they, too, seem to be a very grown-up fruit. Blueberries however, are rated G. Blueberries are all-American. Blueberries are summer. Blueberries are healthy. Blueberries will put a smile on your face. 

Blueberry Binge

When blueberries are in season, I enjoy them on a daily basis. When shopping, I always buy an extra pint just for the ride home from the farmer’s market. I’ll often buy a pint to throw in my carry-on bag for healthy snacking or a good-and-good-for-you breakfast.  Sometimes I can get a little carried away. I laugh at myself binge-eating on blueberries, but hey, that’s heck of a lot better than a bag of potato chips!

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High Bush vs Low Bush Blueberries

There are two basic kinds of blueberries: high bush and low bush. High-bush blueberries belong to the same family of plants as cranberries, rhododendrons, and azaleas and will grow up to eight feet!

My home state of Georgia is in the nation’s top 5 high bush blueberry-producing states. Low-bush blueberries will only grow up to 24 inches. These wild bushes are native to eastern and central Canada and the northeastern United States, growing as far south as West Virginia and west to the Great Lakes region, Minnesota, and Manitoba. Generally low bush blueberries are smaller.

Both high and low-bush blueberries are low in fat and sodium, have just 80 calories per cup, and contain a category of phytonutrients called polyphenols.  This group includes anthocyanins, which are compounds that give blueberries their blue color. Anthocyanins have demonstrated the ability to protect against a myriad of human diseases.


Hot as Georgia Asphalt

A few years ago, a friend and I drove a few hours south of Atlanta to pick some of those delicious Georgia blueberries so that we could put up some jam. Let me tell you, it was hot as absolute blue blazes in that blueberry patch. The sun mercilessly beat down on our efforts for a farm-fresh harvest. Sweat dripped, no, ran in rivulets into our stinging eyes. Sunscreen washed off of us in waves. Gnats buzzed about our faces, pestering our eyes, ears, nose, and mouths. Birds dive-bombed our heads in competition for the fruit. Mosquitoes freely fed at our ankles like they were at a Las Vegas buffet. The combination of the smothering humidity and brutal sun caused our clothes to adhere to our flushed skin in awkward, uncomfortable configurations much like misdirected plastic wrap. It was 100% pure misery.


Blueberry Recipes

You can keep it keep it wholesome like Doris Day or jazz it up with chilled vodka. As for me, on this incredibly momentous day, I think Blueberry Lemonade might go really well with champagne!

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Bon Appétit Y’all!
Virginia Willis

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Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Prep Time5 minutes
Course: beverage, cocktails, lunch, picnic
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: blueberries, lemonade
Servings: 8
Calories: 72kcal


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • ½ pint blueberries
  • 4 sprigs mint
  • 1 cup lemon juice more for garnish
  • Lemon slices for garnish
  • Chilled Vodka optional


  • Combine the sugar and ½ cup of the water in a small saucepan. Stir to combine. Cook over medium heat, just until the sugar melts. Set aside.
  • In the bottom of a pitcher combine the blueberries and the mint. Using the end of a spoon or a muddler, crush the berries and the mint until pulpy and smashed. Add the juice of 4 lemons, the remaining 3 cups of water, and the reserved simple syrup. Stir to combine. Add ice to fill the pitcher and chill the lemonade.
  • To serve, fill a glass with ice. Pour over lemonade and additional mint and lemon slices to garnish. For an adult version, fill glass with ice and add 1 ½ ounces vodka, or to taste, and top off with lemonade, mint sprigs, and lemon slices.


Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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Georgia-born French-trained chef Virginia Willis has foraged for berries in the Alaskan wilderness, harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily, and executed the food styling for a Super Bowl commercial seen by over 160 million people. Virginia is a Beard award-winning cookbook author, chef, content creator, and motivational speaker. She has lost 65# and kept it off for more than 3 years. Because of her own health journey, she is a cheerleader for others seeking to make lifestyle changes to feel healthier and happier. Her experience inspired her to launch “Good and Good for You” a lifestyle brand rooted in culinary that shares health and wellness content through digital channels; public speaking; and print media. Fans love her approachable spirit and friendly down-to-earth style. For more information visit

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