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The Humble Blueberry

So after my last post, which I admit was a little depressing – sometimes these things need to be stated though – I thought I’d cheer things up a bit with a photo.

Our species has come a long way from the times of hunting and gathering for survival, we have almost all of the luxuries we could ever dream of. But there is still something primal about gathering berries off a bush – no chemicals, no mechanical harvesting, just you and the berries. We’re almost done on the strawberries, (I think I ate about 40 of them last week), and now it is the blueberry.

This humble berry has heralded the long hot days of summer for millennium, and in recent times has topped the nutritionist charts as a “super-food” for antioxidants. People used to eat them just because they tasted so darn good, now they are harvested and frozen so we can enjoy them all year round on our pancakes. Still, as far as fruit goes, the blueberry is one of the best, and eating them in season is a real treat.

Blueberries in our Garden

These beauties were found ripe in our backyard, they are amazing, David Suzuki even suggests that the Blueberry should be Canada’s national plant – not a bad idea.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

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