One of the few fruits that is native to North America happens to be the species above, or as we like to call them, Blueberries. Indian tribes in the Northeast nearly worshipped this tiny blue food and knew how to preserve them. The blossom, shaped like a star, gave rise to a Native American legend that “star berries” appeared right when a tribe was close to famine and would save them. Tthe fruit also has medicinal benefits–making it into a tea was known to be good for severe coughs.
In 1620, after those intrepid settlers from England made a home along the Massachusetts shore, the Native Americans in the area introduced themselves, as we know from our history books. The “first Thanksgiving” that was the result of the sharing of crop successes included one very native crop–blueberries.
Today, blueberries have over 400 varieties, grown down South and as far north as the Arctic. They are sometimes called partridgeberries or cowberries, whortleberries or sparkleberries.
Some of the things that can be made from blueberries include Blueberry Cheesecake Bites, Blueberry Coleslaw, Blueberry Mayonnaise, Blueberry Omelet, Lemon, Blueberry and Chicken Salad, and Blueberry Dumplings.
Why are we going on about blueberries? Coming up on June 29 is our Blueberry Cream Pie day! Believe me, it is overwhelming happiness for the sweet tooth–Blueberry Cream Pie. Yum…flakey pastry crust, overstuffed with fresh chilled blueberries and topped with a generous helping of freshly whipped cream.
On June 29, the Publick House is offering $21.95/pie, and $6/slice, both sold in the Bake Shoppe. But be sure to pre-order your pies as they go really fast. You will want to take one home for your summer picnics. Trust us, you will want to order more than one!
Check out this blog as well–it was from 2010 and mentions the Publick House and has a variation on the very New England Blueberry Pie!!
Call the Bake Shoppe today and order yours–508-347-3313.