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(July 1, 2014) – Today marks the beginning of National Blueberry Month. And if any food deserves an entire month of recognition, the little blue beauty certainly does!

Blueberries are native to North America and grown in 35 out of 50 states. That translates into supplying roughly 95% of the entire world’s crop.

Blueberries are in full seasonal swing somewhere from April through October, but July is prime blueberry season.

Experts often include blueberries in their Top 10 Lists of the healthiest foods.

That’s because, like many fruits, they are rich in fiber, low in calories and boast Vitamin C and other important antioxidants.

They are also known to promote brain health.

When shopping, be sure to shake the container gently to make sure they move easily and are free of mold, moisture or damage.

Once you get them home, don’t wash them until ready to eat or use in a recipe.

Blueberries are perfect for topping breakfast cereal and tossing in salads, and they also are a key ingredient in a variety of desserts.

Check out this impossibly easy blueberry dessert made by Fox59 Assignment Editor Kylee Wierks.