Its that time of year again folks. In its 28th year, the festival brings pie, ice cream, muffins and even blueberry beer.
Personally, blueberries are one of my favorite desserts. They were a regular in my house when in season, and also a favorite of my late potbelly named Earl. He loved them so much, that even my neighbors brought over blueberry treats to watch the pig gobble them down in seconds. Everyone loved seeing the pig go wild for them. He would even dart out of his house at high speed, coveting the fence, and the little blue treats that awaited him. It was hilarious to see.
I have used them alone, in pancakes, over cereal, and as a topping to ice cream. Never once did I break out the blueberries, without sharing a few with Earl. Its a great memory. When he was well, he would stand next to me on the couch, for hours, begging for the small blue prize to be popped in his mouth. Even if it meant one treat ever thirty minutes, he was willing to wait.
Thats the difference between people and animals. Knowing that no one is going to wait for 30 minutes for a single blueberry, is what makes this memory one of the greatest. Even without Earl in the house anymore, the memories are plentiful and cherished.
Some folks dont quite understand the special bond between people and animals, though. It is the most sadistic person who will retaliate against an animal , in a perceived war for affection. People who do this are dangerous violent predators who must be stopped.
Blueberries are a terrific source of nutrition, but be careful to avoid spoiled ones. The shelf life is rather short for these terrific desserts. Due to the thin skin, they have a way of rotting pretty quickly. When you see that they are shriveled, moldy, soft and bruised, chances are, they could make you very sick. Like anything else, there are always a few rotten ones in every pint, so be selective.
Unlike other fruits, I have seen a few rotten ones contaminate a whole container pretty fast. Therefore , I suggest discarding the spoiled ones as soon as you open a new bunch. No one wants to toss perfectly good food, because of a single spoiler.