Tips

Blueberry picking information

  • Ripe blueberries are plump, deeply colored and pleasantly tinged with a powdery complexion.
  • Please pick all the ripe blueberries, and leave the green berries to ripen later.
  • Green berries will not ripen after picking. Ripe berries should give easily from the bush.
  • Look under the leaves and within the branches of the blueberry bush to find tons of berries ripe for the picking.
  • Please do not cross over the rows. It disturbs the sawdust mulch and can damage the roots.

Taking them home

  • Remember, blueberries are perishable and need to be handled gently.
    Protect the berries from sunlight...particularly in your car.
  • Take the berries straight home...don't leave them in a hot car.
    Storing your blueberries...
  • Blueberries are probably the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There‚Äôs no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting.
  • Fresh blueberries are perishable and should be refrigerated. They should be consumed within 10-14 days after harvesting. They should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Mother Nature has provided the blueberry with a special protective coating; it's important not to wash it off until just ready to use.

Nutritional information

  • Blueberries are a nutritional giant, containing iron, vitamins A and C, fiber, carotenoids, antioxidants, and anthocyanosides.
  • Regular consumption of blueberries may reduce various signs of aging.
  • Blueberries are good for the eyes. They have been shown to improve night vision and may also protect against cataracts and glaucoma.
  • Folk medicine relies that blueberries are good for treating stomach ailments!

Freezing Blueberries

  • We do not wash our blueberries before freezing.
  • For loose packed berries, spread them in a shallow roasting pan or cookie sheet and place in freezer until hard, approximately 1 hour. Transfer to freezer in either bags or containers; store at 0 degrees or lower.
  • Freezer life is one year.
  • The secret of success in freezing blueberries is to have berries completely dry before freezing.
  • Vacuum sealing seems to be particularly beneficial.

Ways to eat

  • Stir into plain or vanilla yogurt.
  • Alternate layers of blueberries and vanilla pudding to make a parfait.
  • Sprinkle over hot or cold cereal.
  • Spoon over ice cream.
  • Mix with cottage cheese.
  • Add to fruit salad.
  • Fold into lightly sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping.
  • Fill an ice cream cone half full with blueberries, top with vanilla or blueberry swirl ice cream.
  • Serve in cantaloupe half; top with a dollop of yogurt.
  • Eat out of hand, they're better than candy!
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