From a Chinese medicine prospective, blueberries help to nourish the kidney yin of the body. Possible symptoms of kidney yin deficiency include dizziness, ringing in the ears, dry throat and mouth, feeling hot, lower back pain, weak legs, spontaneous sweating, as well as agitation, irritation, nervousness, insecurity and fear. If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis, blueberries can also be a powerful medicine, along with other yin nourishing foods as part of a whole foods diet. Consult with your Chinese medicine practitioner about the best treatment plan for your unique needs.
Here is the method I use:
- Wash blueberries (or any other berry) in a colander and let them sit for a while to drain excess water.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay blueberries out in a single layer.
- Place in the freezer overnight.
- Once blueberries are individually frozen, which minimizes clumping and freezer burn, place them in plastic bags or containers and store in the freezer
- Blueberries can be eaten frozen or used in smoothies or other favorite recipes.
And since baked goods with fresh blueberries are so delicious in moderation as well, here is one of my favorite gluten free muffin recipes, which I use with any type of berry.
Butler's Orchard is another great option for pick-your-own fruits and vegetables in Montgomery County, which I also go to several times a year and highly recommend. You can check out their website and find out what is in season here.
Take advantage of these precious summer months and get out there and harvest some local, delicious food with your friends and family! Please let me know how it goes! Happy Picking!