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May = Blueberry + Sweet Corn

Blueberry
Blueberries
Sweet Corn
Corn



Blueberry

Find out where blueberries are grown in Florida
Download a small version of the Fresh-2-U poster for May
Download an image of blueberries
Download coloring pages for blueberries
USDA nutritional information for blueberries

In the 1600s, North American Indians gathered blueberries to store for the winter. They dried the berries in the sun, beat them into a powder and added this powder to parched meal. Today, blueberries are the third most popular non-citrus fruit in the United States and are available in Florida from April through June.

Wild blueberries are smaller than the cultivated variety. Look for plump, firm, indigo-blue berries with a silvery frost. Do not wash blueberries until ready to use. Then rinse thoroughly, discarding shriveled or moldy berries. Pick off any stems that are still attached. Keep handling to a minimum. Overripe fruit and fruit stored too long will appear dull and lifeless. Fresh berries will not bleed unless the skin is broken. When used in muffins, toss the blueberries into the batter at the very last moment.

Blueberries contain more vitamin A than any other berry. A 1/2-cup serving has only 41 calories and is a good source of fiber, iron, and potassium, while also providing a high content of vitamin C.

Sweet Corn

Find out where sweet corn is grown in Florida.
Download a small version of the Fresh-2-U poster for May
Download an image of sweet corn.
Download coloring pages for sweet corn
USDA nutritional information for sweet corn

Indian corn was cultivated in North and South America long before Columbus reached the shores of the New World. The first written record of corn in North America is found in Icelandic Sagas as early as 1006. Corn (maize) was bound closely to the great Native American civilizations, but sweet corn was primarily a minor or local crop for fresh markets in the United States until after World War II. In 2000, Florida ranked number one in the nation in the value of sweet corn produced.

Image of five ears of corn.

Growers produce both yellow and white varieties, and fresh sweet corn is available in Florida from August through June.

When selecting sweet corn, whether it is yellow or white, look for even rows of fresh, tender, plump, milky kernels just firm enough to offer slight resistance to pressure. If corn is in the husks, select ears with bright green “snug” husks. Over-mature corn is identified by large, excessively firm kernels, which are usually deeper in color than at the most desirable stage of maturity. If corn is bought in husk, remove husk and silks, dip in a cold water bath, and wrap with plastic wrap. Fresh sweet corn is best when used the same day it is purchased.

Pre-packaging does not take the place of refrigeration, and corn held at room temperature will rapidly lose its sugar content. The typical shelf life is four to six days.

Sweet corn provides vitamin A and B and is very low in sodium.

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