Summertime blues
Blueberry season has arrived

By Staff
BLUEBERRY BEAUTY Blueberries can be used in many dishes including this blueberry cheesecake with finely ground almonds. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
June 16, 2004
Olivia Taylor smiled when she admitted that for every blueberry she picked she probably ate two.
Taylor, her grandmother and her aunt are among the many blueberry lovers who will travel to area blueberry farms in the next two months to weather the heat in search of the tiny, round, healthy fruit.
Helping pickers this week at the farm was Joe Johnson, who has owned it with his wife, Robin, since 1983. The 3-acre farm had its first harvest in 1985 and has been producing blueberries ever since.
Blueberry season is at its peak during June and July. Their are several different varieties, but the "Rabbiteye" variety is primarily grown in the South. Blueberries do best in full sun and acid soil.
Also open for the summer picking season is B &W Orchards, owned by Barbara Robinson. The blueberry farm is on County Road 350, on the edge of Clarke County just past Clarkdale High School.
At both farms, you can pick blueberries yourself or have them picked for you. Both Robinson and Johnson said you won't have to wait if you call ahead to place your order.
Once you pick your blueberries, place them in a cool room. Berries can be refrigerated for up to two weeks or placed in the freezer for two years. Most important, don't wash the berries until you get ready to eat them.
In addition to being a tasty summer treat, blueberries are an extremely health food.
The anthocyanin content in blueberries, the blue pigment that gives the berries their color, has been associated with cancer prevention and slowing the aging process.
Blueberries are a source of Vitamins A and C, potassium and folate. They also are low in fat and sodium.
According to research at Rutgers University, blueberries contain compounds that prevent urinary tract infections just as cranberries do. And for anyone concerned about carbohydrates, 1 cup of blueberries has 18.6 grams.
As healthy as blueberries are, they are also fun to eat and visiting a blueberry farm is educational for children.

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