It’s that time of year that every Lower Mainlander looks forward to with delight. BC Blueberry season! That time when shelves are full with fresh local berries, farmers markets are bustling and fields are packed with delighted berry lovers filling their baskets with sweet, delicious berries.
While the preferred method of blueberry consumption for many seems to be snacking, in smoothies or jam, did you know that there is no end to the wonderful things you can make with BC Blueberries? From barbecue sauce to salsa, turkey burgers to shortcakes, blueberries are a versatile, healthy and delicious ingredient.
One recipe perfect for this summer delight is the BC Blueberry Banana Loaf. This baked treat is perfect for using up those bananas hidden in the bottom of your freezer and works well with fresh or frozen berries. The ingredients are common pantry and fridge staples, plus the directions are easy enough for the kids to help with and follow. Make sure you have lots of blueberries while you are making it though, because tiny hands tend to sample the berries before they can get mixed in to the batter.
Another recipe that is great for backyard BBQ season is Blueberry Barbecue sauce. The sweetness of the blueberries perfectly complements the flavour of the balsamic vinegar and spices to make an amazing sauce perfect for pork and chicken.
If these recipes sound delicious, make sure you check these and more than 100 other yummy recipes featuring BC Blueberries on the BC Blueberry Council website.
BC Blueberries are in season in July and August, so now’s the time to get them fresh. BC is the largest highbush blueberry region in the world, which means those large, plump and juicy berries that you love best are grown right here at home!
So, this summer buy local BC Blueberries and get creative with this super fruit. Add it to a watermelon, feta and mint salad. Put it in your smoothies. Fold it in to your favourite muffin recipe. Make it in to salsa, sauce or jelly. Or simply savour the sweet fruit fresh and on its own because after all, it is nature’s candy!
BC Blueberry Banana Loaf
3 Large Bananas
2 tbsp Buttermilk or sour milk
½ cup Butter or margarine, melted
1 cup Sugar
2 cups Rogers All purpose flour
½ tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking powder
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking soda
2 Eggs, beaten
1 cup BC Blueberries fresh or frozen *
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grease a 9”x5” loaf pan. Line the bottom with greased wax or parchment paper.
- Mash bananas in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk or sour milk, melted butter and sugar. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients; flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
- Blend into banana mixture, mixing well after each addition. Add eggs and mix well. Gently fold in blueberries.
- Pour into prepared pans, spreading evenly. Bake until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. (60 to 70 minutes)
Cool on rack for 10 minutes. Turn out of pan onto rack and remove paper. Cool completely for easier slicing (about 2 hours).
* For frozen blueberries reserve a small portion of the flour mixture and gently fold into frozen berries. This will help to keep the blueberries from sinking to the bottom and juices leaking out.
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