7 Creative Dishes To Make Out Of Blueberries
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Blueberries are surely delicious to taste. But, did you know they are versatile and very cooking-friendly too? A broad collection of perennial blooming plants with blue or purple berries is known as blueberries. 

Within the genus Vaccinium, they are included under the section Cyanococcus. Cranberries, bilberries, huckleberries, and Madeira blueberries are also included in the vaccine. North America is the native home of commercial blueberries, cultivated (highbush) and wild (lowbush). In the 1930s, highbush varieties were brought to Europe.

Typically, blueberries are prostrate shrubs that range in height from 4 metres (13 feet) to 10 centimetres (4 inches). The term "lowbush blueberries"  refers to blueberry species that grow little, pea-sized berries on low-level bushes. In contrast, "highbush blueberries" refers to blueberry species that grow larger berries on taller, cultivated bushes. 

The United States provides about 40% of the world's supply of highbush blueberries, whereas Canada is the world's top producer of lowbush blueberries. Here are seven creative dishes one should know about this summer. Keep reading!

7 Dishes To Try With Blueberries And Their Health Benefits

1. Blueberry Lavender Lemonade 

To make the lavender simple syrup, simmer 1/4 cup water with 2 tbsp dried lavender for 5 minutes. Then, strain and discard the lavender. Use this syrup instead of honey for a more pronounced floral flavour. Add a slice of lemon or a sprig of rosemary for a more delicious drink. Blueberries are rich in Vitamin C, crucial for immune function and collagen production. 

2. Spicy Blueberry Salsa With Goat Cheese Crostini 

Blueberries boast potent antioxidants that protect cells from damage. They also help aid digestion and promote gut health. Remove the seeds and white membranes from the jalapeno for a milder salsa before mincing. Adjust the amount of jalapeno to your spice preference before crushing it with blueberries. Plain yoghurt with balsamic reduction can help add a cooling element to the salsa.

3. Baked Salmon with Blueberry-Balsamic Glaze 

It's Lent season. Why not try this dish? Marinate the salmon in the glaze for 15 minutes before baking for added flavour. To make a smoother glaze, use an immersion blender to puree the berries after simmering. Glaze can also be bought from the store. Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Blueberries offer antioxidants that protect the heart and blood vessels. The balsamic vinegar added to the dish helps with prebiotics that benefit gut health.

 4. Blueberry And Goat Cheese Salad With Candied Pecans 

For a more decadent salad, add some honey or maple syrup to the dressing with blueberry topping, cheese, and vegetables of choice. Freshly sliced strawberries or peaches pair well with the blueberries for additional sweetness and flavour. Blueberries are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including manganese, for bone health. Goat cheese provides protein and healthy fats, making this dish extra healthy.

5. Vegan Blueberry Chia Pudding 

This overnight oats alternative is perfect for a healthy and delicious breakfast. In a jar, combine 1/2 cup chia seeds, 1 cup plant-based milk (almond, oat, etc.), 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, and 1 tbsp maple syrup. Stir well and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with additional blueberries, sliced almonds, and a drizzle of maple syrup. The dish is a great source of fibre and omega-3s. Also, blueberries add antioxidants and sweetness.

6. Blueberry & Basil Mascarpone Tart 

This elegant dessert is sure to impress. Simply preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Prepare a tart crust according to your preference. Prepare your filling, pour the filling into the prepared crust, and bake for 30-35 minutes. Garnish with fresh blueberries and basil leaves. Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and bone health.

7. Blueberry & Rosemary Focaccia 

Blueberries are a good source of complex carbohydrates, providing sustained energy. Eating this focaccia offers dietary fibre, aiding digestion and promoting gut health. You need to follow the same recipe to make focaccia. After the dough rises, dimple the surface with your fingertips and brush with olive oil. Top with fresh blueberries, chopped rosemary, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes, and it is ready. 

These seven creative dishes feature blueberries, which offer unique flavours and many health benefits. They showcase versatility and deliciousness, from refreshing drinks to vibrant salads. Each recipe uniquely adds to health and blueberries. Don't hesitate to try out the various dishes mentioned. This blueberry season, make the most of it.