Saturday, June 30, 2012

Competition and Blueberry Salsa


There's nothing like a good healthy competition.  (Ask my online Scrabble buddies.) But I know for sure I'm losing the battle for the blueberries with the birds. They're definitely winning. And no strategy I can think of -- not even Mr. Rosemary's BB gun -- is keeping them away. It's a race and the early bird is beating me to the berries.

We've tried netting, but we didn't do it the "right" way and build frames and then attach netting to that.  We simply draped flexible fence material over it. We've also tried fake snakes and draping old garden hose -- so that they look like snakes.  Still, there are birds beating us to the harvest.

Our latest attempt was one of those fake owls.  The little tag said to place it "before the fruit ripens."  We were too late.

We're lucky that the former owners had the foresight to plant a couple different varieties among the ten blueberry bushes we have because they ripen at different times making it manageable. Except for the birds.

And despite the birds' tenacity we usually end up with more than enough for ourselves and plenty to give away.  I just have to wonder how many quarts they're eating.

The only problem is coming up with different ways to use them. I freeze a lot, but the fresh are so good! Mr. Rosemary loves to eat them plain, maybe lightly sugared, but especially mixed with a variety of berries.  I loved the corn and blueberry salad And he likes my blueberry muffins but that's only a once in a while treat. But he didn't really like the blueberry strata  And although I love blueberry pie, he doesn't, and I don't need to eat the whole thing.  I should try hand pies.

So to satisfy my need to experiment and explore I found this blueberry salsa and it was pretty good. Just pretty good. Keeping some of the blueberries whole is pretty but not very practical because they're hard to keep on a tortilla chip or a cracker. The solution? Spread some creamy cheese -- goat, mascarpone or just Philadelphia -- on a cracker, then top it with the salsa. Kinda defeats the purpose of eating a light fruity salsa, but it's good that way. I didn't try it along side a grilled meat, but I'm sure a plain piece of chicken or pork would love to be accessorized with it.


In the meantime, I'll keep exploring blueberry recipes, and keep after the birds. Wish me luck.

Blueberry Salsa
adapted from Southern Living

2 cups coarsely chopped fresh blueberries
1 cup whole blueberries
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1 whole Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
1.2 teaspoon kosher salt.

Mix all together in a large bowl.  That's it.

22 comments:

  1. Even if it's just pretty good, it is very pretty. I think it sounds delicious and will give it a try.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. It was fresh and good, like any salsa. Maybe I just had my hopes set too high.

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  2. Wow! The blueberry salsa looks lovely. I thought it kinda looks like jewels.

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    1. And sapphires are my favorite, too!

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  3. It looks wonderful even if it was not all that you wanted it to be. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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    1. It's always fun for me to experiment in the kitchen. Luckily, my wins there outnumber the so-so's.

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  4. I love the idea of blueberry salsa - love your stories of how to out wit the birds - I feel your pain!
    Mary x

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    1. It looks good and got rave reviews from Southern Living readers. (And I must have beaten the birds this morning -- got three quarts!)

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  5. I don't think your owl is scary enough, Rosemary! :)
    Your blueberry salsa sounds delicious and looks wonderful. I love those colors...you don't often see blue and green in a salsa. Great idea!

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    1. The colors together are very appetizing. Did you know that blueberries are the only naturally blue food!?!

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  6. How frustrating not to be able to keep the animals away from those berries. Surely there must be a solution posted someplace!

    Your blueberry salsa sounds delicious. This would be nice on fish or chicken. Thanks for sharing and good luck with the berry thieves.

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    1. I will have to try the salsa with fish or chicken. I'm afraid I ate it all as it was! Calls for another batch.

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  7. I hope you beat those birds soon! Blueberries should always win :)
    You have a stunning blog and I am very happy to be visiting!
    Loving the salsa!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll come back. Blueberry season will be over soon enough. Then I might be battling some garden beast invader.

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  8. A very beautiful and delicious berry salsa. Wish I was good at gardening, so I could grow my own blueberries.

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    1. You seem to be pretty darn good at cooking and baking, Angie!

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  9. I would love your abundance of blueberries--what a lovely salsa. I have some sea salt crackers that would taste great with this.

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    1. We are lucky to have so many blueberries. I just have to get more creative with them!

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  10. It sounds like you have the same problem with birds that I do with bunnies! They don't even run when you approach them anymore! This is a fabulous idea for those blueberries. I love to pair fruit with chicken and pork a lot, so this salsa would be a perfect accompaniment! (Love the owl!)

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    1. I've read about a blueberry sauced chicken but I've never had the gumption to try it. Savory blue food is just a little weird to me, Anne.

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  11. sorry about the bird and love the idea of a blueberry salsa fun recipe

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