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Blueberries

Everyday Food, July/August 2005

Bake these sweet, juicy berries into muffins or add them to tarts and other desserts. They're also good in a spicy relish.

Wild Or Cultivated

You can find cultivated berries all year; wild (and locally grown) berries are available primarily during July and August. Wild blueberries are much smaller and often more intensely flavored than cultivated ones.

How To Buy

The berries should be firm, uniform in size, and deep blue in color with a silvery or white sheen. Avoid any packages that appear stained or damp, as the fruit inside may be spoiled.

How To Store

Remove any twigs or leaves along with any berries that are soft or moldy. Refrigerate in the original container up to 5 days. When you're ready to use them, rinse berries under cold water; drain and pat dry.

Nutritional Value

Blueberries contain more antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables. They are also low in calories and high in fiber.

To Freeze

Spread rinsed and dried berries on a rimmed baking sheet; freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Transfer to resealable plastic bags (label and date); store up to 6 months.

 

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