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A Fresh Take on Blueberries
Baked goods and blueberries are enjoying a certain together-
old-fashioned attraction. Blueberries can serve as the basis for
ness lately, especially in recent months as new twists on tradi-
vegan snacks and formulations and other special diet foods.
tional pastries and classics - croissnuts, crunchies and even
They are also compatible with nuts and seeds.
blueberries - make a perfect venue for blueberries. The popularity of fruit such as blueberries has led the bakery industry to
Americans are interested in the health beneﬁts of food, with
create new ways of eating traditional fruit to provide ﬂavorful
fruits and vegetables at the top of the list. According to
baked goods and snacks that are both healthy and functional.
Fresh Takes on Fruit: Culinary Trend Mapping Report, a joint
publication of CCD Innovation and market research publisher
Innovations like fruit pouches, bite-sized pieces, formed shapes,
Packaged Facts, "fruit is and will continue to be omnipresent.
bars or logs, fruit spreads and stay-fresh plastic tubs provide
Fruit plays a role in every daypart from breakfast to late-night
consumers with portability and on-the-go snacking.
snacks. Fruits go from the produce aisles to the snack shelf
and freezer case. It is transformed into beverages, condiments
The "breakfast-as-dessert" trend explores the clafoutis/
and baked goods of all kinds. They also appeal to all ages and
pancake/waffle realm, bringing blueberries together with
herb-steeped syrups and the inviting crunch of roasted nuts.
Blueberries give such indulgences a comfort-food permit.
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in general, are ubiquitous these days. Examples include every-
and herb-blueberry teas, works as a ﬂavor base for novel baked
thing from blueberry pizza, blueberry pie and blueberry muffins
goods. Blueberry works well in ﬂavor combinations with spices,
to blueberry cereals, blueberry confections and blueberry
botanicals, ﬂoral, citrus and herbaceous because blueberries
complement and enhance as well as balance ﬂavors.
Product designers are meeting demand for "good, healthy
Ancient grains are increasingly popular, and blueberries are
ingredients" in their products by including blueberries in
synergistic with oats, amaranth, buckwheat, chia, millet, quinoa,
dessert sauces, creme brulees and cakes.
sorghum, teff, kamut, farro and spelt. With heightened interest
in gluten-free products, blueberries are a popular ingredient.
In fact, fruit is used to garnish indulgent treats as a way to
Their presence lends the gluten-free formulations a homey and
grant permission to the reluctant. Fruit-based smoothie-cakes
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US HIGHBUSH BLUEBERRY COUNCIL
Blueberry Month. Blueberries in fruit tarts and baked goods,
Fruity ﬂavor paired with mint or ﬂoral, as in blueberry mojito