By Carl Hanson

Blueberries, they're a berry with benefits -- a superfood you can truly love.

The Big, Big Benefits of Tiny Blueberries

Sweet-tart tasty and loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, blueberries are also low in calories and a good source of fiber. No wonder they always top lists of superfoods.

What do blueberries do for us? Well, besides the nutritional benefits mentioned above, blueberries contain phytochemicals and pigments that may reduce cancer, assist with the regulation of blood pressure, and lower cholesterol. Blueberries may even be good for memory. So remember that when you're choosing fruits!

And that's not all. Recent research indicates that flavonoids in blueberries may lower women's risk of heart attack, protect against Parkinson's disease, and also offer assistance in maintaining a healthy weight. The New York Times reported on a recent study whose authors "estimate that eating a cup of blueberries a day reduced the risk of any cardiovascular event by 13 percent."

Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes | Photo by Allrecipes

But best of all, blueberries are delicious and smart additions to so many recipes, both sweet and savory. Try them in smoothies, fruit salads (also green salads...with walnuts), quick breads and desserts, even savory dishes. Here are some favorites.

Best Sweet and Savory Recipes with Blueberries

"Blueberries and zucchini baked up into delicious little summertime bread loaves!" -- Laura Moody

Blueberry Zucchini Bread | Photo by dabblingdiva

"I love making up a few of these at a time for a quick, on-and-go breakfast." -- sonjagroset

No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal | Photo by LilSnoo

"Outstanding. My daughter and I picked blueberries this morning and I made it tonight. My family devoured it." -- MOMZRIGHT

Best Ever Blueberry Cobbler | Photo by naples34102

"A quick recipe...Great if you are trying to figure out what to do with those blueberries in the fridge or freezer! Also great on-the-go! Delicious and includes many foods that are a great way to start your day!" -- Lisa Marie

Healthy Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie | Photo by LilSnoo

"This a no-bake recipe, so on a hot summer day you don't have to turn on the oven, other than to bake your crust. If using frozen blueberries, drain them and use juice instead of water." -- Elaine

Topless Blueberry Pie | Photo by goosegreetings

Now let's turn to some top-rated recipes that show off blueberry's savory side. In these match-ups with meat, the blueberry's sweet-tart flavor really stands out:

"Smoky, spicy meats have been paired with sweet-and-sour, fruit-based sauces since we've had cooks, so that this combo works beautifully is no big surprise. And yes, other juicy fruit like peaches, or other berries will work nicely." -- Chef John

"Amazing! The blueberry sauce was a perfect mix of sweet and sour, my family & I absolutely LOVED IT." -- Cait

Grilled Salmon with Blueberry Sauce | Photo by Meredith

Tender pork roast with a sensational port and blueberry sauce. Chef John uses pork shoulder, which is less expensive and way more succulent than pork loin. He roasts the pork with shallots and rosemary sprigs and then makes a quick pan sauce with fresh blueberries, port wine, and chicken broth. See how it's done!

Caring for Fresh Blueberries

Choose blueberries that are firm, deeply colored, uniform in size, and blemish free with smooth not wrinkly skins. Wash them just before you're ready to eat. They're best eaten right away, of course, but they'll stay fresh for up to 5 days. You can also freeze your fruit by arranging them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Then put them in a plastic bag or other container. They should last in the freezer until blueberry season next year!

Blueberry Recipe Collections

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