Our New England ancestors were not familiar with blueberries when they first arrived, but they quickly adapted them to all their favorite fruit recipes. Blueberries have never lost their popularity, and in fact we have now dubbed them a Super Food or Wonder Food–good for what ails you, or to prevent anything from ailing you. So credit the beautiful blueberry to keeping our ancestors hardy.
Of course, when I pour a basket of blueberries out on a cookie sheet and stick them in the freezer, and later pour the frozen berries into ziplock bags so I can bake with them all year long, I think of my English ancestor housewives who only had access to blueberries during the growing season.
Of course, like so many other things that helped them survive, those Puritan goodwife ancestors learned about blueberries and how to encourage their growth from the indigenous people who used blueberries to make a hearty trail food called pemmican. With its mixture of bear fat, deer meat and berries, it sounds a bit like English mincemeat. The dried blueberries were used as a preservative for the meat.
Blueberries could very well have been featured at the original Thanksgiving Dinner in the form of an Indian cornmeal pudding with blueberries called sautauthig.
When I go to the northeast, blueberries are one of the foods I look forward to finding in abundance. In New Brunswick, Canada, my sister and I visited a roadside blueberry stand that sold all things blueberry.
Canadians loves their blueberries, in fact we even picked up a free grocery bag to show our blueberry love.
We love them at our house, too, and I previously shared my recipe for Blueberry Buckle.
Here’s another recipe favorite. I found this recipe for Blueberry Muffins many, many years ago, probably in a magazine or newspaper and it is superb.