This easy and basic dessert is called a grunt because the blueberries make a grunt-like sound while boiling under the dumplings. The grunt was an early adaptation of an English steamed pudding. The New England colonists had limited cooking equipment and a dumpling-like pudding using local fruit was cooked on the stove top. Wild blueberries are the key to a delicious grunt! If you can find fresh the better but frozen wild blueberries will work just as well. I was quite excited to see wild frozen blueberries at Whole Foods Market.
Canada is the world’s largest producer of lowbush blueberries – another name for wild blueberries. Most are grown commercially in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. They are native to Eastern North America and grow best on treeless land or on land that has been burned over. This recipe brings back many memories of my mom making this even in the hot summer months. There’s something special about a house filled with aromas from the kitchen…