Healthy Facts About Blueberries [Infographic] for National Blueberry Month and Blueberry Pork Chops Recipe

by Robyn Wright on July 18, 2015

in Food

July is National Blueberry Month! I really love blueberries. As a kid it was just blueberries in baked goods like blueberry muffins, but now as an adult I really enjoy just snacking on fresh blueberries even. This week’s infographic is about the healthy facts on blueberries courtesy of the US Blueberry Council. I see that I’m not the only one eating blueberries either as the infographic shows a huge increase in production and consumption from 1995 to 2015. These little globes of delight have virtually no fat, full of fiber, vitamin C, and manganese plus they are great for your heart and brain! Check out the infographic for details about this healthy fruits.

While I normally only post infographics on Saturday, this week I am giving you a bonus recipe too, Grilled Blueberry Pork Chops! Pork is one of those proteins that pairs really well with many different fruits and I loved this one to share since it had blueberries in it. The full recipe is below. Make sure you check out my recipe to make your own Greek Yogurt Smoothie Packs for the freezer which are great with blueberries too.

Are you a blueberry fan? What is your favorite way to eat them?

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Blueberry Health Facts - Infographic

Today’s BONUS RECIPE! Grilled Blueberry Pork Chops

Grilled Blueberry Pork Chops Recipe

Grilled Blueberry Pork Chops
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 pork loin chops, preferably bone-in, about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked salt, plus salt for the chops (see tip 1 below)
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (see tips 2 below)
  • 6 ounces pancetta, cooked crisp and broken up

Directions:

Preheat grill for combination direct and indirect cooking. The indirect zone should be around 500°F. While grill is heating, lightly brush chops on all sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Leave chops sitting at room temperature while grill is getting ready, up to 20 minutes. Wash blueberries and measure out other ingredients.

Grill pork chops over direct heat about 2 minutes per side and transfer to indirect cooking zone. Close grill and cook chops about 20 minutes, turning once halfway through, until instant-read meat thermometer measures 155°F when inserted away from bone.

Once chops are moved to indirect zone, combine maple syrup, blueberries and smoked salt in large saucepan (although ingredients would easily fit in smaller pan, broader bottom should help reduce sauce more quickly) and bring a strong simmer over medium heat.

Tip 1: If you don’t have smoked salt it is okay, use a bit of what salt you have on hand for now. However, smoked salt is fantastic. You can buy it in gourmet shops or online or you can even smoke your own. I will have to have Hubby make up another batch of smoked salt and share the process/recipe here on my blog soon.

Tip 2: Adjust the amount of syrup as needed to fit your taste. Some folks have a sweeter tooth than others. The salt and pancetta in the sauce will help balance the sweetness of the syrup a bit, but you can always cut back on the amount of syrup and add a bit of water or even stock if you still want more liquid. You really should get real maple syrup also, not the stuff most of us put on pancakes which is just flavored.

Stir sauce frequently and avoid a rapid boil. If bubbles begin to build on top of bubbles, lower heat to avoid burning sauce. When cooked to 155°F internal temperature, remove chops from grill and transfer to plates.

Let chops rest 3 to 5 minutes. Stir cooked pancetta into blueberry sauce.

Top chops with sauce and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Kalamazoo

© 2015, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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1 tannawings July 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

I like blueberries plain as fruit and maybe in preserves the best. I have never tried a syrup over meat, although it sounds interesting. I might make a small batch and give it a try and see if we like it.

2 Julie Wood July 18, 2015 at 9:07 pm

I never thought about using blueberries to make in a recipe for Pork Chops, but this recipe sounds so delicious! I will have to try it. Also, I like blueberries just as the are. We have been eating them lately.

3 Robin July 19, 2015 at 6:18 am

Blueberries are so healthy and tasty. When I lived in Maine we used to stop during bike rides to pick them off of wild bushes alongside the road.

4 Susan Smith July 19, 2015 at 9:18 am

I love blueberry muffins, pancakes in my cereal and by themselves.
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5 Barrie July 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm

I love blueberries and right now it’s the only fruit I can eat besides pears (EEW). Love the recipe too! I need to go grocery shopping and I’m going to purchase the items!

6 ginette4 July 20, 2015 at 10:16 am

I love blueberries..I was visiting my sister in Maine in early July and we went strawberry picking…was too early for blueberries..so disappointed

7 jodi schmidt July 20, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Thanks for this story on blueberries, my dad always said blueberries we good for body. Ohhh and thanks for the recipe for blueberry pork chops!!

8 dpapsis2 July 23, 2015 at 10:44 am

Sounds delicious. I never think of ways to use blueberries other than pancakes or dessert recipes. We’re coming into Blueberry season too.

9 Anne M. Clemmer July 23, 2015 at 11:09 am

Looks delicious.

10 PinkLacedPoppy July 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

I bookmarked this because 1) I love blue berries
2) I love blueberries hahaha gonna try this weekend.

11 Maryanne Nicosia July 23, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Blueberries are my favorite fruit. I buy the jumbo size at Costco & can eat the entire package myself. I also make a blueberry cake from a recipe handed down from my Nana! I feel connected to her when I make it.

12 Leela July 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm

That looks delicious!

13 Devesh Batra July 24, 2015 at 8:51 am

looks nice. .

14 fuggsandfoach July 25, 2015 at 5:21 am

we have blue berry bushes

15 Monique July 25, 2015 at 9:50 am

I’ve never cooked with blueberries. I am writing down the recipe to try with my family. Do you think it will have the same taste if I use chicken instead of pork chops?

16 Danielle Gosha July 25, 2015 at 10:22 pm

I wonder why blueberry consumption has gone up over the years? Anybody have any ideas.

17 Elizabeth R July 27, 2015 at 10:23 am

I love blueberries and eat them as is or use in a lot of different recipes.

18 sjgadsby July 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

I don’t eat red meat, but those blueberry pork chops look good. I’ll be saving the recipe to try cooking for my family.

19 Olivia July 31, 2015 at 12:57 am

Really not a blueberry fan but reading the benefits I better start eating them.

20 Lisa Brown September 3, 2015 at 7:04 am

My mouth started watering looking at your graphic of what you made; wow, it looks fantastic. The only thing I do with blueberries is eat them as they are or have them with yogurt.

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