Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Blueberries
The blueberry is a native American fruit. Early settlers cherished it as a staple ingredient in foods and medicines. They incorporated the berries into their diets, eating them fresh off the bush and adding them to soups, stews, and many other foods.
Blueberries are a good source of fiber and are the best of all fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant activity.
North America is the world's leading blueberry producer, accounting for nearly 90 percent of world production. In Oklahoma blueberries are grown in home gardens or on small farms as a U-Pick crop.
Writing Prompt: Write a simile with blueberries as your central image.
BE A FOOD EXPLORER
Eat blueberries on top of your ice cream in a bag, mixed with plain yogurt and sliced bananas or try a handful on breakfast cereal or in salad.
Blueberries (Serving Size: 1/2 cup)
Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More Facts and Activities : Oklahoma's Berry Best
Humans need oxygen to live. We breathe in oxygen as O2—two oxygen molecules atomically bonded together. The biological processes in the body use oxygen for reactions, frequently creating single, or free, oxygen particles as a byproduct. Free oxygen particles have a high electric charge which can damage cells if they are not eliminated quickly. Antioxidants (anti-oxygen compounds) look for free oxygen particles to neutralize.
A U Pick crop is a farm operation in which customers are invited to go to the farm and pick their own fruits or vegetables.
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.