MAY 26 – Today in Food History
– National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
What could be better than combining luscious blueberries and cheesecake? Well, it could be combining cheesecake with any delectable fruit – but today we celebrate the blueberry version.
Although cheesecake may present itself with two styles – baked and unbaked, I personally prefer the baked variety!
The types of cheese used in the cheesecake often depends on where it is made. In the United States, among the varied regions and cultural differences, most American cheesecakes are often made with cream cheese whereas Italian cheesecakes are made with ricotta or mascarpone. German and Polish cheesecake recipes are made with quark cheese, and fall in the unbaked style. Other cultures with a version of cheesecake are found in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Sweden, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, and Asia
The filling for blueberry cheesecake can be made using fresh blueberries or a store-bought blueberry filling.
Health benefits of blueberries include:
- Blueberries are among the highest anti-oxidant value fruits
- Blueberry is very low in calories. 100 g fresh berries provide only 57 calories. However they contain health benefiting soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely for optimum health and wellness.
- More studies give blueberries a boost in importance for overall and preventative health.
Uses for blueberries:
- Can be used in smoothies, cereal, yogurt, sorbets, salads, main entrees, appetizers, snacks and desserts, including baked items.
- Blueberries are now available in the dried form; delicious for snacking and baking; as well as fresh, frozen and canned versions.
Now, doesn’t that make you feel better about enjoying 1 or 2 slices of Blueberry Cheesecake today!!?? Go out and enjoy!!
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