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blueberry white chocolate muffinsCelebrate Lughnasa with Berry Treats
By Margaret Johnson

Lughnasadh or Lughnasa (pronounced LOO-na-se) is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland and other Celtic nations. Originally it was held on July 31 – August 1, or approximately halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. Also called "Lammas Sunday" and "Fraughan Sunday," it’s now observed on the Sunday closest to August 1. Fraughans (also known as bilberries, are members of the same family as the blackberry and wild blueberry) are traditionally picked during the festival of Lughnasa (the Irish word for “August”) and eaten in pies, jams, and puddings. The Puck Fair, held in Killorglin, Country Kerry, August 10-12, is one of several fairs believed to continue the tradition of Lughnasa, but short of being there in person, you might want to celebrate with this blueberry recipe.


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