Celebrate National Blueberry Month with Blueberry Tea
July 6, 2021
Happy National Blueberry Month! These delicious, juicy berries ripen during summer and are celebrated annually in July. Steep a cup of refreshing blueberry tea to sip as you read about the origins, history and health benefits of this delightful berry.
Best Blueberry Teas for National Blueberry Month
Blueberry tea is a delicious and healthful beverage that can be enjoyed year-round. Steep a refreshing pitcher of iced blueberry tea on a hot summer afternoon, or enjoy a soothing cup of hot blueberry tea on a winter morning.
The Mandalorian™ Blueberry Bounty Iced Tea: Fruity hibiscus and ripe blueberries combine for a caffeine-free, thirst-quenching infusion with a touch of natural sweetness.
Beautifying Botanicals® Daily Beauty Herbal Tea: Indulge in a daily beauty ritual with this juicy blueberry and calming lavender tea. A squeeze of fresh lemon adds bright flavor and a pink hue. Also available as Blueberry Lavender Daily Beauty Iced Tea.
Hibiscus Blueberry Tea: Tangy Nigerian hibiscus mingles with the lush, deep flavor of blueberries in this fragrant herbal blend.
Organic Blueberry Green Superfruit Tea: Featuring juicy blueberries and fresh green tea, this cup serves up a one-two punch of healthful antioxidants.
Wild Blueberry Black Tea: Delight in this harmonious blend of sweet, lush blueberries and rich, malty black tea. A beautiful balance of flavors and aromas.
Wellness Benefits of Blueberries
Blueberries are one of the world’s most nutritious fruits.* Recognized as a heart-healthy fruit by the American Heart Association, blueberries are low in calories yet high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and potassium.*
Blueberries have some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all fruits and vegetables.* This is because they are rich in a powerful type of antioxidant known as anthocyanins — the pigments that give blue, purple and red fruits their vibrant color.
One-hundred grams of blueberries contains 558 mg of anthocyanins; by comparison, acai contains 410 mg, raspberries contain 365 mg and Concord grapes contain 326 mg of anthocyanins per 100 grams. These antioxidants may help to neutralize certain free radicals that damage DNA and cause aging and disease.*
Origins and History of Blueberries
Blueberries are native to North America and have nourished humans on the continent for approximately 13,000 years. Native Americans were the first to recognize the blueberry for its myriad wellness benefits, and consumed the fruit fresh, dried and ground into a powder.
According to Native American lore, “star berries” (referring to the star-shaped blossom on the end of each blueberry, known as the calyx) were a gift sent from the Great Spirit to protect against famine. A Native American dish known as “sautauthig” combines dried and crushed blueberry with cracked corn and water.
Many parts of the blueberry plant were used in traditional Native American healing.* Teas made from the berry, leaves or roots were believed to be good for the circulatory system and for treating coughs.* Blueberries were also used as a natural dye for cloth and woven baskets.
Blueberries were a wild plant and were not cultivated until 1912, when agricultural specialist Elizabeth Coleman White partnered with botanist Frederick Vernon Coville to develop and commercialize a cultivated blueberry on her family’s cranberry farm. By the 1990s blueberry production in the United States had reached 100 million pounds per year, and today more than 500 million pounds of blueberries are cultivated every year.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.