Blueberries

Discover Blueberries

Packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and more!

Blueberries are high in antioxidants. Enjoy 1 cup of blueberries and you've got your recommended daily amount of:

  • Fiber 14%
  • Vitamin C 24%
  • Vitamin K 36%
  • Manganese 25%

Blueberries are low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Oh, and blueberries are delicious.

Easy to use!

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:

  • plop a handful in your mouth
  • stir into to fruit salads
  • add to cereal, yogurt, or oatmeal at breakfast
  • make toppings for ice cream, pancakes, and waffles
  • preserve as blueberry jam

Frozen blueberries

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.

Blueberry smoothies

Use blueberries as the main ingredient for nutrition-packed smoothies. For a basic smoothie, simply blend together:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup liquid: yogurt or fruit juice (apple, grape, anything) or milk or soy milk or whatever you like

Tips:

  • If you have a strong blender, you can put the berries and banana directly from the freezer into the blender with the liquid.
    Otherwise, you can let them thaw a bit first. (In a hurry, you can even microwave them just a tad.)
  • Bananas can be frozen as well. Let them get fairly ripe first. Then peel them, wrap each one in wax paper, and put them a freezer bag.

Experiment with variations on your recipe. You can spruce up the taste or nutritional value of your smoothie by adding things like:

  • honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup almonds or walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • strawberries, raspberries, or other berries

Fun to pick!

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.

Blueberries from The Berry Patch

  • Our blueberries are usually ripe from early July through mid August
  • You can pick your own (PYO) or buy them picked for you
  • We harvest 12 acres of blueberries at the Berry Patch
  • See Farm hours and markets (Des Moines, Ames, Nevada, Johnston)
  • See Directions to the farm


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(All blueberry photos on this page are actual berries from The Berry Patch! Smoothie photo used with permission from Meal Makeover Moms.)