British Columbia is the blueberry and raspberry capital of Canada and is the second largest producer in the world after Michigan. No where are these sweet berries more appreciated than in BC. Blueberries and the mild, moist climate and acidic soil of the Fraser Valley delta are a natural choice and have been produced for over a 100 years. The 2009 harvest was 90 million pounds up from 2008. Demand has sharply increased as the health benefits are better known.
Blueberries top the list of antioxidants: they should be firm and plump with a silvery sheen called the bloom. Can be kept up to 10 days in the fridge and frozen up to a year.
Also home to British Columbia are a number of native wild berries.
|when the fireweed blooms the huckleberries are ready to pick|
It is with thanks to the busy bumble bee that we have wild berries.
blueberry crisp with hazelnut streusel
1/2 c organic dark brown sugar
1/4 c organic flour
1/4 c lightly roasted hazelnut, skinned rub off
1/4 c organic butter
1/2 t cinnamon
Process in medium bowl of food processor pulsing and scraping sides to obtain a fine but crumb mixture.
4 -5 c of frozen or fresh berries
1/3 c organic white sugar
1/4 c tapioca.
1/2 t cinnamon
2 T butter
Mix together the sugar and tapioca, add to berries, pour into buttered glass baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and dot with butter. Cover topping and Bake.
Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes or until brown and the berries are bubbling.
go be delicious xx