A Brief History of the Blueberry Pancake

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Happy National Blueberry Pancake Day! On this day we pause to honor the simple yet oh-so-satisfying prince of breakfast foods. Okay, it might not be that big of a deal, but it does afford us the opportunity to consider just how this dish came to be.

Pancakes, in one form or another, have been around for thousands of years. The earliest forms were likely unleavened disks of wheat paste cooked directly on hot ashes, such as those eaten by Otzi the Iceman before his ill-fated stroll in the Alps 5,300 years ago. As culinary practices evolved, more ingredients were added to the mix, such as eggs, olive oil, curdled milk, cabbage, fruit, cheese, calcined potash and pretty much anything else you can fit in a griddle.

Blueberries, however, took a long time to make their way into the dish. Native to North America, blueberries were first used by native peoples for medicine…

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