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Georgia Blueberry Commission debuts recipe contest

The Georgia Blueberry Commission will host its first-ever “Sweet Georgia Blues Recipe Contest” throughout the month of June in celebration of Georgia Blueberry Month.

Georgia blueberry fans are invited to create and photograph an original recipe using Georgia blueberries. GeorgiaBlueberriesLogoSubmissions will be posted on the Georgia Blueberry Commission’s website and Facebook page for voting.

Contestants are encouraged to share information about the contest with family and friends to gain more votes. Recipe submission and voting began June 1 and will continue through June 30. Winners will be announced July 8.

The recipe creator with the most votes will win $500. Contestants who receive the second- and third-most votes will receive a Sweet Georgia Blues Basket — which includes blueberry jams, autographed cookbook, etc. — and an autographed copy of Hugh Acheson’s A New Turn in the South Cookbook, respectively.

“June is the peak of our season and we want consumers to be as excited about Georgia Blueberry Month as we are,” Joe Cornelius, chairman of the Georgia Blueberry Commission, said in a press release. “Hosting this month-long recipe contest is a great way. Plus, we’re looking forward to seeing all the new recipes we can try! ”

According to the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, blueberries make up nearly 40 percent of all fruits grown in the state and have an estimated value of $134 million, compared to just $22 million a decade ago. Georgia is one of the larger blueberry-producing states in the United States and boasts the longest season from mid-April to the end of July.

Georgia blueberries are full of antioxidants, lower cholesterol and decrease risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also high in fiber, contain no fat and are just 80 calories per cup.

More information and contest rules are available at www.GeorgiaBlueberries.org.