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Pick Blueberries Day

Taking place during National Blueberry Month, Pick Blueberries Day provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the flavorful and healthy blueberry, a fruit native to North America. Blueberries grow best when there are hot days with clear blue skies and cool nights. The harvest season for blueberries runs from April through late September, with June through August being the most fruitful time—a timeframe that Pick Blueberries Day falls within.

One of the most common species of blueberries is highbush blueberries, which are prevalent in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, and beyond. Plants usually grow to about six feet but can reach twelve feet. Blueberries were first commercially grown in the early twentieth century, and today they are produced commercially in 26 states, with 98% of production taking place in 10 states: Minnesota, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Oregon, Washington, California, and New Jersey.

Blueberries have many health benefits, being beneficial for the heart and cardiovascular system, brain, and gut, and for insulin response. They are known for having vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, fiber, and flavonoids, for being low in calories—at 80 calories a cup—and for being low in sodium and having almost no fat. While these benefits and nutrients are most present if blueberries are picked and eaten raw, blueberries are regularly used in desserts and other recipes, too. Muffins, pie, buckle, popovers, pancakes, and popsicles are some of the many foods that fresh-picked blueberries can be used to make!

How to Observe Pick Blueberries Day

Spend the day picking blueberries! If you grow your own, pick some from your own plants. Otherwise, pick some at a nearby blueberry orchard. Blueberries should be picked a few days after they turn blue when they easily come off the vine. You could eat them right after picking, but could also use them to make something. Blueberry muffins are an ideal choice because tomorrow is National Blueberry Muffin Day. You also could buy and plant a blueberry bush so you'll be able to more easily pick blueberries on a future Pick Blueberries Day!

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