Here’s everything you need to know about blueberries. Like, what are blueberries? When is blueberry season?  How to choose them, how to store blueberries, plus 20 blueberry recipes to help you add more of them to your diet.  

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Often labeled a superfood, there are many health benefits of blueberries. They’re one of the best sources of antioxidants and they provide a rich source of anti-inflammatory compounds that help to prevent disease.

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What Are Blueberries

Blueberries are a small blue or purple fruit that grow on bushes.  Not only are they delicious, but they contain more antioxidants that other antioxidant-rich foods like kale, broccoli and oranges. They’re low in calories and high in fiber, so they make a perfect healthy snack.

Types of Blueberries

There are 5 main types of blueberry bushes that grow in the United States – northern highbush, southern highbush, lowbush, half-high and rabbithigh. The two most common types of blueberries are highbush blueberries (the most common type in the United States) and lowbush blueberries (also called wild blueberries) which are typically smaller in size and provide more antioxidants.

Blueberry Season

For cultivated blueberries, the season runs most of the year – including imported berries. Cultivated are the most common type  that you find at the market. 

Wild blueberries are a little harder to come by. They’re grown in cooler climates like Maine and eastern Canada, and they are much smaller in size compared to the cultivated variety. The wild blueberry season is a short one, and they’re most often sold locally near their harvested area. You can however purchase them frozen if fresh aren’t available.

Choosing the Best

Now that you know when blueberry season is, when you’re at the market be sure to look for fruit that is dry, firm and have a deep blue color with a chalky white surface (called “bloom”) when purchasing them. The bloom is a sign of freshness. They should move freely in the box when you give them a light shake, otherwise they may be soggy or have mold and are stuck together.

Before refrigerating when you get them home, remove them from the container to better inspect them, removing any that are soggy or have mold, then return them to the container or an air-tight container. This will help to prevent other berries from getting mold on them.

It’s always a good idea to buy organic, eat them raw and eat them as often as you can (1/2 cup daily) so you can to reap the many benefits they have to offer.

How to Store Blueberries

If you’ve ever wondered how to store blueberries so they last longer, the easy answer is to keep them in the refrigerator in the container they came in or an air-tight container. They should last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If you’ve found you’ve purchased more blueberries than you can use, just freeze them. Spread the unwashed fruit on a cookie sheet and pop in the freezer for about 1 hour, then transfer the frozen blueberries to a plastic freezer bag. This is a great way to store blueberries so you always have a stash on hand.

Before consuming them, rinse and pat them dry. Discard and small stems and leaves. If you have frozen your berries, then remove them from the freezer and let them thaw for a few minutes before adding them to your dish.

Blueberry Recipes

Now that we know some of the benefits of blueberries there are, here’s 20 blueberry recipes to help you add more of this amazing antioxidant-rich superfood to your diet.

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