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Contests: Recipe

Blueberries

This tiny super fruit is a great addition to sweet and savory treats

  • Contest ended February 10, 2012

We are no longer accepting entries for this contest as of February 10, 2012. Please visit our Contests Page for something more current.

Fun Blueberry Facts

• North America is the world’s leading blueberry producer, accounting for nearly 90% of world production at the present time.

 

• Blueberries are the second most popular berry in the United States.

 

• U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s favorite food is “anything that contains blueberries.”

 

• A one-cup serving of fresh blueberries is packed 5 grams of fiber (more than most fruits and vegetables) and tallies only 80 calories.

 

• Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese which plays an important role in bone development and in converting proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into energy.

 

• There has been a 50 percent increase in consumption of blueberries during the last 10 years.

 

• Native Americans in the Northwest Territory smoked wild blueberries to preserve them for the winter.

 

• Blueberries contain no cholesterol or fat and are a good source of vitamin C.

 

• Blueberries are ranked No. 1 in antioxidant activity compared with 40 other commercially available fruits and vegetables. That means a serving of blueberries has more of the antioxidant power you need to fight aging, cancer and heart disease.

 

• Texas Blueberry season is from June to July.

 

• When picking fresh blueberries, look for berries with a silvery “bloom;” this is a natural protective coating. They should be refrigerated as quickly as possible and kept dry. Do not wash until you are ready to use them. They will last for up to 2 weeks if stored properly.

Sponsored by the Texas Blueberry Festival and Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.

From entrées to desserts, in sauces or smoothies, tiny blueberries make a big impact in any recipe. This month’s winner will receive a Texas Blueberry Festival prize package, including a two-night stay at the historic Hardeman House Bed & Breakfast in Nacogdoches—The Oldest Town in Texas; the winning recipe will also be printed in the June issue.

There is no limit on your creativity… So share your favorite blueberry recipes with Texas Co-op Power readers for a chance to win prizes and the admiration of family and friends across the state.
 Packing your recipe with blueberries adds amazing flavor, along with a healthy serving of fiber, a kick of Vitamin C, fat-burning manganese and powerful antioxidants. 
We’re excited to see (and try) your recipes, so hurry and enter your best original blueberry recipes today! The deadline for receipt of the entries is February 10, 2012. Winners will be announced in our June issue.

Texas Blueberry Festival

The Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers is proud to sponsor this month’s recipe contest. Texas blueberries are known for their high quality, great taste and have a number of health benefits you don’t want to miss out on.

Stock up or pick your own blueberries at Texas’ only official state blueberry festival—produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce—in Nacogdoches on Saturday June 9, 2012.

Win a Cookbook!

Subscribe to the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau’s e-News to learn more about the Texas Blueberry Festival and other great events in Nacogdoches today! Sign up now for a chance to win Brick Street Recipes, a local cookbook produced by Nacogdoches Main Street.