Are you getting tired of blueberries already? I know, silly question. Who would ever get enough of blueberries? I can totally imagine why they have been an important part of people’s diets for over centuries! Are you up for a bit of blueberry history? (And a recipe of course!)
Did you know that blueberries were quite important for the native American Indians? They called them “star berries” and believed the gods had sent these berries to help the people in times of famine. They also used blueberries for tons of medicinal purposes, along with the other parts of the plant.
From the leaves, for example, they used to brew a tea to cleanse the blood. But when tea was made with the roots of the plants, that was drunk to induce labour. And of course, they used the berries. Though those were reserved mostly for eating, both fresh and dried during winter.
Blueberries were very important in other areas as well. In Finland, for example. With the cold, harsh climate, the people living there had to eat whatever food they could find. And because of their vast expanses of forests and swamps, that included a lot of berries. So ever since the first people set foot on the land, blueberries were included in their diets. Again they were used both for food and for brewing healing teas.
But they have not always been popular. With the arrival of the Dark Ages, people became very superstitious. Some berries were thought to be unhealthy, because they would disturb the body’s moisture balance. Especially the darker ones, like blueberries, were shunned for people believed they contained evil powers. Later on their name was cleared, luckily.
And nowadays? Well, we still use berries for health purposes. Research has even proven that blueberries contain a special antioxidant that can help prevent cardiovascular diseases. They are even crowned “superfood”. (Although, I think half of the fruits and veggies around have that title by now…)
Anyway, they are amazing. Healthy, delicious, versatile. So what are you waiting for? Buy or pick some blueberries and munch away. Try this recipe for yoghurt with crunchy, fruity layers, or one of my other blueberry recipes:
(Or you can just eat them plain, of course!)
Crunchy Layered Yoghurt with Blueberries (serves one)
What you will need:
- About 150 ml of yoghurt (use a more firm kind of yoghurt if you want the layers to be completely visible, the one I used was a bit too runny)
- One piece of knäckebröd
- A handful of blueberries
- Some cinnamon
- Optional: some chopped almonds
- Optional: a drizzle of honey
- Spoon half of the yoghurt into a glass jar.
- Crush the knäckebröd with a rolling pin, or chop into pieces with a knife
- Sprinkle half of the knäckebröd-crumble on top of the yoghurt, then add half of the berries and a bit of the chopped nuts if you want to. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top.
- If you like things to be a bit more sweet, drizzle some honey over the layer.
- Now carefully spoon the rest of the yoghurt in the jar and top that with the rest of the crumble, berries, almonds and anything you might want to add. Again, sprinkle some cinnamon on top and you’re done!
- Serve immediately.
(Sources: Sanni Irjala, Berries and Berry Culture in Finland and Rambo Blueberries )