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Blueberries, Sticky Rice & Custard

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Maine's Famous Blue Fruit

Maine is famous for its tiny, wild blueberries. These little blue flavor bombs are harvested from low-bush barrens across the state and have found their way into just about anything you can imagine—from delicious pies to spa treatments. Blueberries are best when they’re wild in Maine!

It is clear why Maine’s blueberries are so popular—they have a more intense flavor than cultivated blueberries and are one of the best health foods you can eat. They are packed with fiber, minerals and antioxidants. According to Wyman’s of Maine, a cup of wild blueberries provides 200% DV of manganese (a trace mineral that plays an important role in bone development and other body functions), 25% of your daily fiber and more antioxidants than most other fruits. Their rich blue color is chock-full of anthocyanins, which are lauded for powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, fighting free-radicals and promoting healthy aging.

Eat Your Berries

If you want to eat wild blueberries, Maine is the place to be. Stonewall Kitchen first put Maine’s blueberries on the map with their blueberry-themed treats, baking mixes and jams. Their famous Wild Maine Blueberry Jam is perfect on their blueberry muffins and scones, and you can make any breakfast better with their Wild Maine Blueberry Syrup. Nervous Nellie’s handmakes Wild Maine Blueberry Preserves on Deer Isle. Or try blueberry honey—gathered from barrens in DownEast Maine, Swan’s Honey is unique and tangy. And spice up your dinner with blueberry salsa! The Bar Harbor Jam company combines the sweet berries with tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeños for something special.

Blueberry pie can be found on the menu throughout the state, from local diners like Moody’s Diner to fine dining establishments that offer creative versions of this dessert staple. And what’s better than pie? Pie à la mode! Try Maine-made wild blueberry ice cream made by Gifford’s with berries from Ellsworth, or try Gelato Fiasco’s Maine Wild Blueberry Crisp flavor.

Drink Your Berries

On a hot day, there’s nothing better than a cool Smashed Blueberry ale from Shipyard Brewing, or a Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale from the Atlantic Brewing Co. Or, sip something unique; try Maine Mead Work’s HoneyMaker Blueberry Mead or a blueberry vodka from Cold River Vodka. They take two Maine crops—potatoes and wild blueberries—and make their award-winning blueberry vodka.

How about a sweet Maine Blueberry Soda by the iconic Maine Root? You could make it into a float with some of that tasty blueberry ice cream! Or, warm up with a cup of blueberry tea. Highland Organics makes tea from both the berries and the leaves for a powerhouse blend of antioxidants!

One of Maine’s newest drinks that makes the most of the state’s wild blueberry crop is Bluet, a bubbly wine that is dry, refreshing and pairs perfectly with our famous lobster rolls. Think blueberry champagne!

Berries on Your Body

If you can’t get enough blueberries while in Maine, try a relaxing blueberry spa treatment like the Blueberry Bliss Signature Facial at the Spruce Point Inn. Many other Maine spas have blueberry-based treatments, putting our iconic tiny berry to a rejuvenating use.

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    Phone: 207-775-2311

    Website: www.innbythebay.com

    Address: 88 Spring St , Portland

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  • Discover the best food and drink Maine has to offer through exhibits, events, classes and, of course, your sense of taste!

    Phone: 207-558-5772

    Website: www.mainetastingcenter.com

    Address: 506 Old Bath Rd. , Wiscasset

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    Phone: 207-546-4454

    Website: www.milbridgehouse.com

    Address: 20 Main Street , Milbridge

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  • Portage Tap House is a place for beer and good food for our friends and visitors in the Rangeley Region. We have a simple mission; to make people happy and have fun.

    Phone: 207-864-9404

    Website: www.portagetaphouse.com

    Address: 74 Carry Road , Oqossoc

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    Phone: 2076163772

    Website: engine5bakehouse.com

    Address: 140 Western Ave , Waterville

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  • We are a single family owned and operated restaurant with 3 locations in Maine. Our Searsport location, the original, has been opened since 2000. Followed by our Newport location in 2006 and finally our last location in Hampden opened in 2009.

    Phone: (207)548-2405

    Website: www.anglersseafoodrestaurant.com

    Address: 215 East Main Street , Searsport

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Beginning May 1, travelers from all states will be able to travel to Maine without providing a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantining, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC. If a state experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Maine CDC will apply testing and quarantine protocols to all travelers from that state.

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