The 10 Best Ways to Enjoy Blueberries

Whether fresh, frozen, or dehydrated, blueberries are loaded with nutrients and anthocyanin antioxidants that reduce inflammation and boost heart health and immunity. “We eat as many as we can, right off the bush, like bears,” says Chris Fischer, author of The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook, who lives on Martha’s Vineyard. A cup has just 85 calories, and regular consumption has been linked to brain benefits.

1. EASY SNACK
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1. Easy snack

Cool off postrun with a small bowl of frozen berries.

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1. Easy snack

Cool off postrun with a small bowl of frozen berries.

2. Pancakes
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2. Pancakes

Fold in 1 tablespoon fresh or frozen berries per quarter cup of pancake batter.

3. Mint Topping
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3. Mint Topping

Toss fresh blueberries in a bowl with a sprinkling of sugar, whole mint leaves, and a small splash of water. Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet, 1 to 2 hours. Remove from freezer and mash with a fork. Serve atop yogurt or granola.

4. Salsa
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4. Salsa

Mix chopped red onion and chopped cilantro with sunflower or pumpkin seeds and whole fresh blueberries. Toss over fish tacos.

5. Smoothie
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5. Smoothie

Puree 1 part coconut oil with 3 parts fresh or frozen blueberries until emulsified, then add a banana, frozen strawberries, water, cacao, and plain yogurt. Blend until smooth, adding more water as needed.

6. Salad
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6. Salad

Toss dehydrated berries into a spinach and feta salad with cracked pepper and lemon vinaigrette.

7. Sauce
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7. Sauce

Cook a handful of dehydrated berries in 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar for 5 to 8 minutes. Add water as necessary. Mince a shallot and add to sauce; remove from heat and serve over duck, venison, or lamb.

8. Ice “cream”
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8. Ice “cream”

Freeze peeled, sliced bananas overnight; blend in blender or food processor with fresh or frozen berries and a dash of sea salt.

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9. Biscuits
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9. Biscuits

Add frozen blueberries to your favorite biscuit recipe, working them into the dough right before you cut and place the biscuits in the oven. Serve with honey and butter.

10. Compote
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10. Compote

Cook fresh blueberries in their own juices over medium heat for 5 minutes until liquid is slightly reduced. Taste for sweetness and add sugar if needed. Use to top baked goods, stirred into yogurt, or spread on toast.

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