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 doodlewash.com at the end of the month!