EN on Foods

July 2017 Issue


One of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries have been coveted by Native Americans for hundreds of years. Native tribes called them “star berries” for the five-point “star” at the blossom end of the berry. The berries were believed to protect children from famine, ease the pain of childbirth, and treat coughs and digestive issues. They were also a food staple, made into a jerky with meat, called sautauthig. Today, blueberries enjoy true star status as a favorite berry in the U.S., second only to strawberries.

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