"Blueberry Love" is a very short form of poetry known as haiku (sounds like "hi-coo").
Haiku originated in the country of Japan.
Today, haiku is written in many different languages with most haiku poets living in English-speaking countries.
There are several styles of haiku.
The most common haiku style contains 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line.
Traditionally, haiku poetry was written about nature. But all that has changed. Haiku written today can be about anything!
Can you think of a haiku poem to write? Challenge yourself and your family to see who can come up with the best haiku poem!
You could also start a family collection of haiku poems and read then aloud once per year at your very own family "haiku" party.
After you make up your first haiku poem, you'll be thinking about your second poem, third poem...THEN you'll be off to the haiku races!
July's Recipe of the Month:
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There are many communities across the country who celebrate these deliciously juicy, healthy morsels in festivals and fairs during the month of July.
In northern regions, where blueberries grow most predominantly, you can't be too far from a festival honoring the blueberry.
If you do find a festival to attend, be sure to try all of the fresh goodies featured. Blueberry pancake breakfasts are usually tops at these great get together's!
Here are a few facts about blueberries, in case you wanted to know...
...The United States is the largest producer of blueberries worldwide. The United States produces 90% of the world's blueberries!
...The blueberry is one of only three fruit species native to North America. The other two are cranberries and Concord grapes.
...The blueberry is the second most popular berry grown in the country (first is the strawberry).
...In colonial-America, gray paint was made by boiling blueberries in milk.
...Blueberries contain compounds that are both antibacterial and antiviral.
...Blueberry muffins are the most popular muffin in the country. Blueberry muffins also happen to be Minnesota's Official State Muffin!
...The most popular song about blueberries was sung by Fats Domino. "Blueberry Hill" was also recorded by other famous artists as well (Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong, to name a few).
You can celebrate your own love of blueberries by picking some up fresh from a farm market or grocery store. You can also find them year-round in the freezer section at the grocery store!
Mix them in with breads, muffins, pancakes, and smoothies for delicious, tasty treats!