Blueberries are flowering plants closely related to cranberries, huckleberries and lingonberries.
The berries are white or pale greenish at first, then reddish-purple, and finally indigo on ripening. Blueberries are one of the few truly blue foods on earth.
Blueberries have the highest antioxidant activity of most fruits. These tasty super foods offer twice
as many disease fighting antioxidants as spinach, more than three times as many as oranges, red grapes and cherries and more than four times as many as grapefruit, white grapes, bananas and apples. Blueberries are also thought to be helpful in improving memory function and healthy aging.
How to buy fresh Blueberries
Select plump and full blueberries with a light grey-blue color. Blueberries with any hint of red are not fully ripened. Once blueberries are picked, they will not ripen any further
How to store Blueberries
Refrigerate the blueberries to increase the shelf life. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
Do not wash the blueberries until just before eating or using in your recipes to prevent berries from becoming mushy. Unwashed blueberries will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator if kept dry.
Do not wash the blueberries before freezing.
Place dry, unwashed, and unsweetened berries in freezing containers or plastic bags. Seal and freeze. The berries will freeze individually and pour out like marbles.
When using frozen blueberries in your baking, do not thaw them. Always add them frozen so they
will not "bleed" in your baked goods.
How to enjoy Blueberries every day
Make blueberry syrup for your pancakes, waffles or desserts: Stir fresh or frozen blueberries into maple syrup, warm in the microwave and serve.
Add to your favourite salad not only for great colour but for the fresh taste.
Add blueberries to your morning smoothie for a boost of heart healthy goodness.
1 pint fresh blueberries = 3/4 pound or 2 1/2 cups blueberries
1 quart = 1 1/2 pounds or 4 cups
1 (10-ounce) package frozen blueberries = 1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 (21-ounce) can of blueberries = 2 1/3 cups
3 pounds fresh blueberries = filling for 1 (9-inch) pie shell