The blueberries are ready!
With just 80 calories per cup, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits. Blueberries are low in fat and full of dietary fiber and phytonutrients. They are packed with vitamin C and an excellent source of manganese and anti-oxidants. For these reasons, blueberries are great for your heart and brain health and they help to reduce cancer risk. (taken from blueberrycouncil.org)
There is no time like the present to stock up on LOTS of fresh blueberries and preserve them so they last beyond their short season. Since I am a believer in buying local produce (and organic blueberries), we usually head to one of the local orchards and pick a case full of them as soon as they are ready. Since blueberries are still on the Dirty Dozen List this year, I find it is best to buy them from farmers who are committed to using more organic methods of pest control for their berries. Now, If you are anything like me you may be left wondering what to do with all these blueberries.
Shea butter is a fat extracted from the ground pit of the fruits of the Karite trees throughout west Africa. It is a creamy emollient that can be used on ones skin and hair and can even be eaten, usually as a butter added to rice. Raw Shea butter has the appearance of hard chunks much like cocoa butter but is actually much softer and creamier. It melts as soon as you rub it in your hands or onto your body.
According to Deyale Sports Center Blog (www.deyale.com) the following are some of the benefits of Shea Butter for the skin: Continue reading