Blueberries, blueberries, blueberries…

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

August 2nd, 2007

7 comments

This is it – the biggest weekend of the summer! Are you ready?

A big event at our place will bring us to our knees looking for gold…BLUEBERRIES! We won’t have far to look; there hasn’t been such a bountiful crop around our property in years. Even our golden retriever, Taylor, eats the berries. I gave him one to try while I was picking, and he liked it so much, he started pulling them off the bushes himself. Which is okay, I guess, since there are more than ever to go around. I asked the folks at the Wild Blueberry Association of North America why that might be. Here’s their theory:
The best explanation on the nice crop of blueberries is obviously the weather. There was probably nice snow cover to protect the plants over winter and the spring weather must have been perfect for pollination. This, combined with rain at the right time, equals a good crop.

Sounds good to me. The bottom line is there are blueberries for pancakes, blueberries for muffins, blueberries for salads, drinks, dessert… Uses for blueberries are limited only to how many you can pick (and get back to the cottage before you eat them all). Here’s one yummy recipe, courtesy of the WBANA. You’ll find lots more recipes at cottagelife.com/blueberries. Do you have a favourite blueberry recipe?

Wild Blueberry Crisp

Filling:
5 cups (750 g) wild blueberries (1.25 L)
1/4 cup (50 g) sugar (60 ml)
1/2 tsp grated lemon rind (2.5 ml)
1 cup (2 medium) diced peeled apples (250 ml)

Crisp:
1/2 cup (100 g) light brown sugar (125 ml)
2 tsp cinnamon (10 ml)
1 tsp nutmeg (5 ml)
1/2 cup (65 g) white flour (125 ml)
1/2 cup (65 g) chopped pecans (optional) (125 ml)
1/2 cup (50 g) rolled oats (125 ml)
1/4 lb (115 g) butter (60 ml)

Preheat oven to 325°F/165°C. In a small bowl, combine wild blueberries, sugar, lemon rind, and apples. Mix well and place in a well-buttered 8″ x 8″ x 2″ (20 x 20 x 5 cm) pan. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, pecans, and oats. Rub in the butter with your fingers until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Spread evenly over the wild blueberry mixture. Bake 45 minutes or until the crust is brown.
Serves 6.

Enjoy!


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Delicious

Aug. 18, 2007

2:30 pm

I have a decent recipe for Blueberry syrup.. good stuff. http://rainbowssunshine.blogspot.com/2007/07/blueberry-syrup.html


galashan@sympatico.ca

Aug. 6, 2007

7:02 am

Isn't that funny! Our yellow lab is now 13 years old and she's finding it hard to walk around the property, but she always manages to hunker down to the the blueberry patch on the point, carefully picking almost all my berries. The tell tale blue lips and teeth are proof positive.


Debb

Aug. 3, 2007

10:40 pm

ha ha, Yes we have a dog! Gracie loves blueberries as well, but since the crop is on the opposite side of the property that we spend all our time in, she wouldn't normally be there. In addition - since she is a vegan and on special food, my DH would notice the tell-tale signs of blueberry consumption when scooping the poopin'! And if she ate all the berries that could possibly be on the plants that I have - even her fur would be blue!!


Julie

Aug. 3, 2007

3:37 pm

Oh, this one sounds yummy - i am going to jot this one down. Thanks Penny. Julie@cottagedaily.com


Penny Caldwell

Summer Cottager

Aug. 3, 2007

11:07 am

Debb, do you have a dog…?


Rileypoint

Aug. 3, 2007

10:51 am

dog gone dog ate all the blueberries... our dog "BO" is now 14yrs old ...She is a pure bred yellow lab.we have noticed for years her snacking of blueberries on a daily basis during prime berry time. as for us getting some ..forget it ..they are bo's blue berrys and we have to buy our own. We love to stop at pickup berrys and this weekend we will get some corn on our way up to muskoka to our cottage.


Debb

Aug. 2, 2007

9:16 pm

I am so jealous! We've had our cottage for 4 summers now and in that time I think I've picked a total of 2 cups of berries. I don't know what the problem is. I have probably 1000-2000 square feet [I'm not good at estimating] of wild blueberry plants, but they don't seem to produce. This spring the plants were FULL of flowers and white berries. A few weeks later - nothing. Last year was the best year I had and picked maybe one full cup all summer. The plants look healthy and I've never seen evidence of any animals on our property so I have no idea why we don't get berries. Any ideas? I think I'll check out the Wild Blueberry Association and see what they think! The berry crisp sounds DELISH!!!!!


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