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Recipe: Ginger Scented Blueberry Salad

Blueberries and peaches are in full summer swing right now!  Not only are they at their peak, but they’re at their cheapest for the year.  Everything is less expensive when it’s in season.  If you shop from a farmers’ market, there’s a good chance your peaches were picked yesterday.  Besides, blueberries are one of the most American foods we have – blueberry bushes are native to North America; a single bush can produce up to 6,000 berries a year!

Ginger Scented Blueberry Salad

Serves 6

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2-3 yellow peaches or nectarines, diced
  • 2-3 white peaches. diced
  • 1” ginger root, sliced
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or honey
  • 3-4 tablespoons finely minced basil
  • 1 lemon – zested and juiced

In a small saucepan, combine ginger slices, water and sugar (or honey).  Bring to a boil and reduce to a simple syrup (the volume should be half or about ¼ cup).  Remove from heat, extract ginger slices and cool.  In a bowl, combine the peaches, blueberries, basil, lemon zest, and juice.  Add the syrup to the fruit and toss to coat.  Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

NUTRITION INFORMATION:
95 calories ∣ 5 calories from fat ∣ 1 g fat∣ 0 g saturated fat∣ 24 g carbs ∣ 3 g fiber ∣ 2 g protein ∣ Excellent source of vitamins C and K

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