Blueberries Nutrition and Use

This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with US Highbush Blueberry Council. The opinions and text are all mine. #LittleChanges
Blueberry Asian Inspired Chicken and Noodles  #LittleChanges
Blueberry Asian Inspired Chicken and Noodles

Last month was invited by the US Highbush Blueberry Council to attend a blueberry boot camp in Napa to learn about blueberries nutrition and use. The agenda included kitchen experiences, tasting and also a blueberry recipe competition where school food service professionals from different areas within the United States and that are in charge of the schools menus prepared creative recipes with blueberries that were judged by local children from California.

Entrance to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone #LittleChanges
Entrance to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

The big AHA started with our arrival to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, a dream come true for me.

Main lobby at Culinary Institute of America #LittleChanges
Main lobby at Culinary Institute of America

Never thought one day I would be honored to cook in such a prestigious school alongside Chef Lars, chef instructor who embraced us all with his kind ways and food knowledge.

Cheering with blueberry mint agua fresca  #LittleChanges
Cheering with blueberry mint agua fresca, garnished with fresh mint and pink tart apples from the CIA gardens

He even invited me to share one of my recipes and decided my blueberry mint agua fresca was a must have in the menu the children were to judge.

The winning recipe per the children judging panel was this blueberry montecristo recipe  #LittleChanges
The winning recipe per the children judging panel was this blueberry montecristo sweet and savory dish

This visit was so inspirational, I met so many wonderful people and food enthusiasts that love their craft and make the difference every day trying new menus and formulas to keep their diners happy.

Cornbread with a savory blueberry sauce prepared by Adriana Martin  #LittleChanges
Cornbread with a savory blueberry sauce prepared by Adriana Martin

I personally had the chance to help one of the professional chefs to cook a special blueberry sauce for a delicious cornbread he prepared. I felt so special as he praised my good taste.

Blueberry Sloppy Joes another recipe favorite  #LittleChanges
Blueberry Sloppy Joes another recipe favorite

As part of the bootcamp I also learned that the blueberries are celebrating 100 years when they first appear on our table. In the early 20th century, nobody thought blueberries could be domesticated as mostly they were found wild, but Elizabeth White, the daughter of a New Jersey farmer, was determined to grow a flourishing industry for cultivated blueberries. In 1911, she partnered with USDA botanist Frederick Coville to identify wild plants with the most desirable properties, they crossbred the bushes and created vibrant blueberry varieties which were first sold commercially in 1916, almost a hundred years ago.

Blueberries are available fresh dried and frozen  #LittleChanges
Blueberries are available fresh dried and frozen

Nowadays, blueberries can be found frozen, canned or fresh and are available year round. The domestic blueberry season runs from April to late September, and once that wraps up the shipments from Argentina and Chile start coming up so that we can enjoy them here at home.

Flavorful and surprisingly good pork sausage with dried blueberries  #LittleChanges
Flavorful and surprisingly good pork sausage with dried blueberries and a melon salad

Blueberries are sold also dried and are perfect for cooking sauces and savory dishes like the delicious breakfast sausage Chef Lars prepared for us during the blueberry bootcamp and also for baking. It is incredible the versatility of the blueberries since you can use for creating so many different dishes not only to enjoy with your breakfast or with yogurt and smoothies.

Blueberry Meatloaf made with turkey and dried blueberries plus other spices. Beautiful bite!  #LittleChanges
Blueberry Meatloaf made with turkey and dried blueberries plus other spices. Beautiful bite!

In addition, blueberries have many nutritional properties, packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber and an excellent source of manganese. After this boot camp the view and immense possibilities that blueberries offer have sparked my creativity in the kitchen, where I have been testing few recipes that very soon will be published on this site for you to get inspired too.

Breathtaking gardens at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone #LittleChanges
Breathtaking gardens at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

I invite you to visit LittleBlueDynamos.com to learn more about this powerful fruit and get inspired to cook making little changes and adding some blue to your diet.

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Debbie Denny

That is spectacular. I love blueberries in so many dishes. The drink looks refreshing.

foundfrolicking

My son loves fruit, but strangely enough blueberries is one of those things he has never cared for. I’ve tried many times (and still do from time to time) to feed him blueberries. Although in a smoothie or otherwise cooked or baked into something, he doesn’t seem to mind. He just doesn’t like them fresh! So many scrumptious looking recipes here. Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca Swenor

Wow what a gorgeous place indeed. I so love blueberries but never heard of some of these dishes before. I find them very interesting for sure and I will be trying some of these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Alexia R

I love the blueberries! What a nice experience Adriana! Congrats

Lexie Lane

we eat a lot of blueberries at our house. Great antioxidants. That blueberry sauce is just heavenly to look at.

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