Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Blueberries
The blueberry is a native American fruit. Early settlers cherished it as a staple ingredient in foods and medicines. They incorporated the berries into their diets, eating them fresh off the bush and adding them to soups, stews, and many other foods.
Blueberries are a good source of fiber and are the best of all fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant activity.
North America is the world's leading blueberry producer, accounting for nearly 90 percent of world production. In Oklahoma blueberries are grown in home gardens or on small farms as a U-Pick crop.
Write a simile with blueberries as your central image.
Be a Food Explorer
Eat blueberries on top of your ice cream in a bag, mixed with plain yogurt and sliced bananas or try a handful on breakfast cereal or in salad.
Blueberries (Serving Size: 1/2 cup)
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Smart Board Acitivity page
- Compare and Contrast Activity
- Find the Fruit (PreK-K)
- Berry Poetry
- Berry Pies for You and Me
- Berry Fact or Fiction
- Berry Good Patterns
- Berry Vocabulary
- Equations, Vocabulary, Geography and Graphing (Grades 1-2)
- Equations, Mapping, Vocabulary, Graphing (Grades 3-4)
- Berry Multiple Choice
- Vocabulary and Fact or Opinion
- Berry Facts
What is an antioxidant?
Humans need oxygen to live. We breathe in oxygen as O2—two oxygen molecules atomically bonded together. The biological processes in the body use oxygen for reactions, frequently creating single, or free, oxygen particles as a byproduct. Free oxygen particles have a high electric charge which can damage cells if they are not eliminated quickly. Antioxidants (anti-oxygen compounds) look for free oxygen particles to neutralize.
What is a U Pick crop?
A U Pick crop is a farm operation in which customers are invited to go to the farm and pick their own fruits or vegetables.