When we purchased our home 5 years ago, it came with two blueberry bushes and a gigantic garden. Any one with half a mind for gardening would have been tickled pink. As an eater of massive amounts of veggies, I thought of all the delicious fresh produce I could get out of that garden. Problem is, I am not a gardener. Actually, I have a bit of a black thumb. Almost everything green I touch seems to wither and die. I’m not sure if it is over care of under care – too much water, not enough water – too much sun, planted in the shade – I am sure a real gardener would be able to tell you. I just know everything green around me tends to die if I touch it. I am like the Goldfinger of gardening, except, a Blackfinger. Oddly, it doesn’t translate to weeds.
So the garden became overgrown with 3 inch trees and weeds that are taller than I am. Now I did have intentions of cleaning it out this spring and making an attempt at growing my own produce, but other priorities kept getting in the way (having a “To Do” list that is two columns in width and typed in 8pt font will do that). Luckily for us, blueberries don’t require much maintenance. Actually none. I just walked out one day and there was green little balls and as of last week, they turned blue. Sweeeeet. That is the kind of gardening I like.
Now I may not be able to garden, but I most certainly can pick blueberries. I used to go with my dad every year in August in Pennsylvania and pick 5 gallon buckets full of wild blueberries that grew in the mountains. My mom and grandmother would make the most delicious pies (albeit a bit runny from lack of flour – but shhh! I didn’t say that!). So pick I did and I came back with – a quart. Yes. Just a quart. Of which my 5 year old daughter ate half. But it was a quart of delicious blueberries grown in our own garden. I may not be able to make a pie with the remaining half quart – but maybe a smoothie.
Here is my favorite blueberry smoothie based on an Ani Phyo recipe:
1 cup frozen blueberries
1.5 cups water (or enough to cover berries)
2-3 pitted medjool dates
1/2 whole vanilla bean
1/4 cup raw cashews
3 ice cubes
Blend and serve!