Farm Fresh and Fast – Blueberries
Blueberries are a delicious, convenient & healthy treat. They are easy to grab for a quick snack or a great addition to any meal. Last week, I made a visit to a blueberry field and the berries were beautiful. July is National Blueberry Month and a great time for you and your family to pick or simply purchase fresh blueberries. They are dropping in price and plentiful this time of the year. The best time to buy is May – September. 1 cup = 100 calories
Did You Know? Blueberries were originally called “star berries”. The bottom of the berry forms a perfect five-pointed star.
Blueberries Benefit U
Low in calories & fat
Sodium & cholesterol free
High in antioxidants
A source of Vitamin C & fiber
Blueberries do not ripen after they are picked. Choose plump & firm blueberries with a dark blue color. Fruit should be uniform in size, dry and free from leaves & stems.
Handle with care. Store loosely covered in the original container or a covered bowl in the refrigerator for 10 to 14 days. Do not wash blueberries until you are ready to serve.
Wash gently in cold water, then drain well in a colander or on paper towels.
Blueberries are an easy fruit to freeze.
Select full-flavored, ripe berries.
Remove leaves, stems and immature or defective berries.
Do not was blueberries before freezing. Washing results in a tougher skinned product.
Blueberries should be completely dry. Place a single layer of blueberries on a tray in the freezer. When frozen, promptly package the berries in a moisture-vapor resistant container, leaving 1/2-inch headspace and return to the freezer. Wash before using.
Add Color to Your Meal
Top a bowl of cereal
Stir into pancake, waffle, or cake batter
Toss into a summer salad
Sprinkle on ice cream or yogurt
Add to banana pudding
Just pop them in your mouth
Blueberries are ready when you are, so add them to your next dish and make it: Fresh, Fast & Healthy! For more information on food and nutrition contact your local Cooperative Extension at 1.800.ASK.UGA.1