A summertime family tradition of blueberry picking is a favourite among many B.C. residents – and it’s no wonder since our province is practically bursting with blueberries right now! Foodies all over social media are talking about these sweet balls of antioxidants and asking each other: What’s your favourite way to eat BC blueberries? Today I’m sharing a quick and easy Blueberry Mango Salsa (with a kick!) that is perfect for that summer BBQ. You don’t have to worry about calorie content the way you might with other party foods; BC blueberries are low in calories and high in Vitamins A, C and E. Add a cup of these berries to your diet every day and stave off or treat diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease!
Photo Credit: Aziz Dhamani Photography
If you haven’t gone blueberry picking at a local U-Pick farm yet with the kids, I highly recommend it! It’s a fun way to be outside with the family and show the kids where real, wholesome food comes from. You can involve your children in creating meal plans with recipes from BC Blueberries. And you can also check out the recipes I shared last year created by some of my fellow South Asian bloggers. For even more inspiration, check out BC Blueberries Instagram feed – it’s gorgeous!
Many of my South Asian friends have memories of being in the fields as children, alongside their parents and grandparents picking blueberries at work. There’s a lot that happens when multi-generations gather in natural spaces. A lot of learning, talking, and even golden silence. We’re lucky here in B.C. to have these experiences available to us.
Spicy Blueberry Mango Salsa Recipe
The naturally sweet blueberry pairs well in this particular recipe with the heat of hot peppers and tang of lime. Your mouth will sing whichever way you serve this condiment. And because BC blueberries are so easy to freeze, you can bring a taste of summer to your table all year-round!
It’s not a finicky recipe, so all these measurements can be adjusted to your taste. If you don’t want it to be spicy at all, then simply leave out the hot pepper.
Here’s how I created a spicy Blueberry Mango Salsa and the 3 delicious ways I served it:
2 cups BC blueberries
1 mango, peeled and diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 hot pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup corn kernels (I used peaches and cream corn)
4 sprigs green onion
1 lime, juiced
salt and ground cumin to taste
cilantro, chopped (garnish)
Add first 6 ingredients to a bowl and stir to mix. Stir in salt and cumin to lime juice and add to mixture. Stir to evenly coat. Garnish with cilantro. Chill and serve.
Enjoy Blueberry Mango Salsa In So Many Ways
- On avocado toast
2. On crackers or with tortilla chips
3. With a chicken or salmon dinner
To celebrate this delicious and healthy local fruit, BC Blueberries is giving away TWO beautiful gift baskets, valued at $250 each. I’m thrilled to offer you a chance to win! Enter below – contest ends August 28, 2017. Good luck!
– British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season by Denis Marchessault and Caroline West
– Bremner’s Blueberry Juice
– Glass carafe
– Le Meadow’s Pantry Hand-crafted Preserves Blueberry & Honey Jam
– Chilliwack River Valley Blueberry Honey
– Snow Farms Whole Dried Blueberries
– Monte Creek Blueberry Wine
– BC Blueberry Wine Glasses x 2
– BC Blueberry Apron
– BC Blueberry Fleece Picnic Blanket
– BC Blueberry Insulated Cooler Bag
– $50 Gift Card to Kin’s Market
I’ve partnered with BC Blueberries and The South Asian Bloggers Network to bring you this recipe and giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.