Tag: blueberries

Celebrating Independence

Celebrating Independence

  How to Make it Easier for Those with Dietary Needs to Eat Safely & Feel Included As we (i.e., me and my U.S.-based readers) celebrated 242 years our country’s independence this week, I got to thinking about the words independence and freedom, how they relate to food and beverage, and what I do to promote safe and inclusive food environments. By Merriam-Webster’s definition, independence, in the simplest of terms, is “the quality or state of not being under the control of, reliant on, or connected with someone or something else.” And the definition of freedom is “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice…

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Blueberries (vaccinium corymbosum), in traditional wooden harvest baskets on a organic blueberry plantation.

Blueberries – 100 Years of Deliciousness

As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring fruit and veggies each week. This week the fruit is blueberries, my absolute favorite fruit out there. A whopping ninety percent of adults and children don't get enough fruits and veggies, so add this one to your shopping list this week! HISTORY Blueberries are native to North America, even though they still do have botanical relatives around the world. For thousands of years blueberries have been harvested by Native North American tribes, who used the plant as both food and medicine. For a while blueberries were unsuccessful at cultivation until…

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