Blueberries are high in antioxidants. Enjoy 1 cup of blueberries and you've got your recommended daily amount of:
Blueberries are low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
Oh, and blueberries are delicious.
Blueberries picked dry and kept cool will usually last 10 days or more. If they are wet, use or freeze within 24 hours.
You generally do not need to wash berries you pick. If you are going to wash them, wait until right before you use them.
Preparation is easy: Just look for any little stems that you want to pick off. Then:
To freeze, just put them in a bag. (Do not wash them first.) If they'll be in the freezer for a while, consider using a specific freezer bag to better protect against freezer burn.
Frozen blueberries are perfect for fruit smoothies and can be used in cooking.
Use blueberries as the main ingredient for nutrition-packed smoothies. For a basic smoothie, simply blend together:
Experiment with variations on your recipe. You can spruce up the taste or nutritional value of your smoothie by adding things like:
Most blueberry bushes are a few feet high, making them very easy to pick (for example, compared to strawberries that are low to the ground).Blueberries are usually in small clusters, and a few ripen at a time, like this:
Sometimes you'll find large clusters:
You'll want to pick only the ripe berries that are all blue, and leave the green and pink ones to ripen for your next visit.
(All blueberry photos on this page are actual berries from The Berry Patch! Smoothie photo used with permission from Meal Makeover Moms.)