Blueberry season in Quebec starts from late July until the end of August. Cultivated and fresh wild blueberries can be purchased at the farmers’ markets, road-side fruit stands, supermarkets or can be picked at blueberry farms. These small, sweet and juicy berries are not only known for their high content of antioxidants as well as fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.
I buy Lac-Saint-Jean wild blueberries at Marché St-Jean Talon in Montreal. My family mixes them with yogurt and pure maple syrup or adds them to smoothies for breakfast. I bake blueberry muffins, pies, cakes and save some for freezing to use throughout the year.
The Syndicat des producteurs de bleuets du Québec(SPBQ) (the Quebec association of blueberry growers and harvesters) French only website lists information on Québec’s wild blueberry culture, health benefits, recipes, as well as pick-your-own site addresses and maps.
One of my favourite recipes from the SPBQ website is the Gâteau Bundt aux bleuets sauvages. It is a moist cake that is quick and easy to make. I serve it with plain yogurt or ice cream for dessert or an afternoon snack. The English recipe, Wild Blueberry Bundt Cake, can be found at the Canadian Living website. When wild blueberries are not in season, I make this cake with frozen wild blueberries or regular blueberries.
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