May Flowers: The Blueberry Blossom on Day 142 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kid!

A blooming Blueberry bush in Sharon's garden. Photo by Sharon.

The BLUEBERRY BLOSSOM… before the Blueberry becomes a berry, it first is a Blueberry Blossom.  Delicately bell-shaped, the Blueberry Blossom is primarily white, but can be pinkish or even tinted green. 

The Blossom of the Blueberry is held in high esteem in the world of folklore.  In Native American tradition, the Blueberry Blossom, shaped as a 5-point star, was believed to tell the story of the Great Spirit’s gift of star berries.  The Blueberry was revered for its sustenance value as well as its medicinal purposes.

The Blueberry Blossoms tell us that the Blueberries are just around the corner.  Centuries of peoples from all over the world have gathered, consumed and used Blueberries for foods, medicines, dyes, flavorings, teas and juices, preserves and antioxidant properties.

Head outside with your kids today… and discover the lovely bells of the blueberries.  Look for the Blueberry Blossom Stars.  Tell of the story of the Great Spirit recognizing the beauty and gift of the Blueberry Blossom.

Why not plant your own Blueberry Bush and watch the miracle of the Blueberry Blossoms transform into luscious Blueberries.  The most popular variety of Blueberry is Vaccinium corymbosum, known as the Highbush Blueberry. The wild Lowbush varieties are a favorite of those who like to pick their own Blueberries in the wild.  Heck… why not do both!

Learning and Literacy begin in the simplest, most natural ways…

 

May Flowers: The Blueberry Blossom on Day 142 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kid! was last modified: May 22nd, 2011 by Sharon Couto
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May Flowers: The Blueberry Blossom on Day 142 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kid! was last modified: May 22nd, 2011 by Sharon Couto