Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Use Your Blues: Bountiful Season = Classic Recipes

Also: Know Wild Blues? Win a *Deluxe 5-Day Bar Harbor Trip*! 

Wild blueberry growers are expecting a bountiful harvest this season, and the race is on to make this abundance of blues work in our favor. Switching out frozen for fresh can mix up our blueberry repertoire and help us get a little closer to the origins of a favorite fruit. Chefs, bakers and home cooks all around the region are busy taking advantage of this fresh product while the getting is very, very good.

Don't know where to start? Help is everywhere this season. First, every week in August, the Portland Press Herald will share fantastic ways to use your blues while they're fresh. (And, you can take the recipes into the winter season by replacing fresh with the just-as-nutritious frozen.) Get a start this week with the Azure CafĂ©’s Campside Wild Maine Blueberry Upside Down Cake.

Also, The Montreal Gazette reminds us that Quebec places second to Maine in wild blueberry production and offers up Classic Blueberry Crisps and Blueberry Meringues to help get the season started. Down East, publisher of The Wild Blueberry Book, weighs in as well, reminding us of an award-winning recipe, Cinnamon Nut Coffee Cake, that is destined to be a classic.

Know Your Wild Blues? Take the Quiz, Win a Trip!

What can knowing about wild blueberries do for you?

Well, a lot. Integrating just a half a cup of wild blueberries into your diet (health researchers indicate the more the better) can help you age better, provide protection against cancer and diabetes, and coat our bodies with an armor against disease.

What’s more, it can help you win a fabulous expense-paid 5-day trip to the heart of blueberry harvest country – Bar Harbor, Maine – that is packed with amenities. 

The Wild Blueberry Association is holding the ultimate wild blueberry sweepstakes. The winner receives  a 5-day, 4-night getaway in Bar Harbor, Maine, including round-trip travel and accommodations at the deluxe Bar Harbor Inn & Spa for two. Included in this special getaway is Acadia National Park passes, a windjammer cruise, and dinner for two. Add to your stay a full wild blueberry breakfast each morning, two 50-minute Swedish massages and a Go Wild Tour of the wild blueberry barrens to see first hand the origin of these nutritious, antioxidant-rich berries that make life better and bluer all year long. In short, it's the Ultimate Wild Blueberry Getaway.

Just enter to win—it’s easy. You’ll watch a video to bone up on why wild blueberries are nature’s antioxidant fruit. Then, you'll take a short, fun quiz to test your Wild IQ. Provide your info, and you’ll automatically be entered to win.

Did You Know?

  • Wild blueberries aren’t planted? 
  • Wild blueberries have natural protectors so they can handle the stress of their wild environment?
  • A quart of wild blueberries includes several different varieties?
  • Chefs use wild because their flavor is more intense than cultivated berries?
It’s true—and it’s all part of the reason we celebrate wild blueberries everyday, every season, fresh and frozen.

See what a little knowledge can do. Enter Now for a Chance to Win and enjoy a luxurious stay in the place where it all begins – Wild Blueberry Country!


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