Today we celebrate an amazing day dedicated to one of my favorite desserts! National Blueberry Pie Day is here, so it’s time to grab yourself a slice of that purply goodness. Unless you’re not a fan of blueberry pie, then wow, that’s just something I can’t get my head around, but I’m sure you can find something else to celebrate and we can still be friends. For the rest of us, it’s all about blueberries! Part of the popularity of the blueberry in the U.S. is that it’s one of the very few fruits native to North America. In other words, they’ve been around a really long time here.

Blueberries had been gathered for centuries by Native Americans long before the colonists arrived. Much folklore about the blueberry developed in tribes here and they were highly revered. Part of the fascination came from the fact that the blossom at the end of each berry, called the calyx, is in the shape of a perfect five-pointed star. Elders would gather the tribe and tell the story of the Great Spirit who sent “star berries” to save children from hunger during the times of famine. These magical berries were also used for medicinal purposes for everything from making the blood healthier to treating a cough.

As it turns out, the Native Americans were right about this amazing little berry. It does pack a powerful punch for health and is often referred to as a superfood. One the coolest things discovered in the past decade is that blueberry antioxidants may help enhance memory. So before you forget about this post entirely, be sure to grab a big handful of blueberries to eat. Then you’ll remember to add more of them into your diet. Finally, something delicious that’s actually good for you too!

Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on at the end of the month! 

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pens with Platinum Carbon black, blue and sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

42 replies on “National Blueberry Pie Day

  1. I saw this one earlier on, and was very much hoping you’d rustle us a blueberry pie up – it looks as tempting as I expected. That filling – goodness… better than the real thing (well, almost!)

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  2. Reminds me of the delicious Blueberry pie we had when visiting Maine a couple of years ago, not to mention the blueberry cobbler, blueberry muffins, blueberry ice cream, and blueberry beer! Your painting looks good enough to eat!

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  3. I love blueberries! We keep trying to grow them and they keep dying. And with the ones that live, we have to fight birds and chipmunks for the fruits. One year, we had a copperhead living at the base of a blueberry bush and I told everyone it was our pet guard snake. 😀

    Your pie is making me starving! ❤️😋 I hope we get enough blueberries this year to make a pie.

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  4. Looks delish, Charlie! 💕💖 My hubby has blueberries every morning on his cereal but I don’t think they are helping his memory any… Lol! 😉 I grow them in my yard too. My favorite pie is huckleberry pie – similar to blueberries but more tart. We pick them in the mountains at the lake. My mom used to make the best huckleberry pie ever!! 😍

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  5. Your work is amazing !!!!!! I tried watercolor for awhile but then moved on to other mediums. Your blog inspires me to get mine back out. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, following happily!

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