Blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries in America. Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the America diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Raw blueberries provide you with the best nutritional benefits.
Michigan, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, and North Carolina are states most heavily involved in blueberry farming. The state of Maine is actually the largest lowbush blueberry producer in the world.
Cultivation of blueberries was widespread among the Native American tribes throughout North America. European colonists learned about blueberries thanks to these Native American traditions and brought blueberry species back to Europe. Commercial cultivation of blueberries in Europe has been a relatively recent phenomenon limited to the 20th and 21st centuries. Thanks to increasing cultivation in the Southern Hemisphere, including South American countries such as Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay as well South Africa, New Zealand and Australia fresh blueberries are now enjoyed throughout the year on many of the world's continents.
In 1997, the average American adult consumed about 13 ounces of blueberries per year. In 2007, that amount nearly doubled and reached an average level of 22 ounces. This increasing consumption of blueberries within America has led to cultivation of blueberries on almost 100,000 acres of land in America and has moved blueberries to second place as the most commonly eaten berry in the America, second only to strawberry.
Research Source: WH Foods
The flavor of this chicken salad is splendid. Serve on a bed of lettuce or your favorite bread.
Chicken Fruit Salad
Copyrighted 2014, Christine’s Pantry. All rights reserved.
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/ 2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper, to taste
In a bowl, combine chicken, strawberries and blueberries.
In a separate bowl, whisk together light mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Add to chicken mixture. Gently stir until well coated. Enjoy!