Quite possibly nature's perfect gift, blueberries are one of the healthiest foods around, and they require no pitting or peeling.
In Season: You can find cultivated berries all year; wild (and locally grown) berries are available primarily during July and August.
What to Look For: 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.
How to Store: Remove any twigs or leaves along with any berries that are soft or moldy. Refrigerate in the original container up to five days. When you're ready to use them, rinse berries under cold water, drain, and pat dry.
Berry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese
Bake blueberries and strawberries right into these shortcakes, and spoon more fresh berries on top for serving.
Blueberry Dutch Pancakes
Baked rather than cooked on the stove top, Dutch pancakes emerge from the oven puffed up like balloons and then quickly deflate, making for a dramatic presentation at the table. Rich and eggy, with just a hint of lemon zest, they’re the perfect foil for sweet, fresh blueberries.
Why choose between peach or blueberry cobbler when you can have both? Toss fresh blueberries and sliced peaches with grated fresh ginger, sugar, and cornstarch, then top the fruit with vanilla-cream biscuits before baking.
Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbet
The sweetness of fresh blueberries pairs beautifully with the creamy tang of buttermilk.
The English dessert called a fool (and you would have to be one not to love it) is simply whipped cream folded with pureed stewed fruit, then chilled. Because the mixture needs to set and become almost mousselike, and doesn't involve baking, the dish is ideal for the lazy days of summer.
Blueberry Slab Pie
Made in a 10-by-14-inch jelly roll pan, this big blueberry pie feeds a crowd. Add a finishing touch by brushing the crust with beaten egg and sprinkling with sanding sugar before you put it in the oven.
Buttermilk makes these pancakes especially tender. After you ladle the batter onto the griddle, sprinkle fresh blueberries over each pancake to ensure perfect distribution.
You’ve heard of breakfast for dinner; these blueberry cupcakes are breakfast for dessert. Fresh blueberries are mixed into vanilla cake batter -- rather than muffin batter -- which is then topped with cinnamon streusel and twirls of blueberry–cream-cheese icing.
Blueberry-Cream Cheese Hand Pies
These hand pies travel well, perfect for tucking into picnic baskets or taking to summer barbecue potlucks.
Red, White, and Blueberry Pops
Forget the pops you see at the store that are full of sugar and food coloring. These super-simple treats get their color and flavor from nutritious strawberries, blueberries, and plain yogurt. While these homemade pops are only lightly sweetened, they are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages!
A quart of fresh blueberries and a few cups of sugar are all you need to make this delectable jam. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or can it in sterilized jars to keep for up to six months.
Perfect Blueberry Pie
Cornstarch provides just the right amount of thickening in the fresh blueberry filling of this classic summer pie, adapted from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook." Before baking, brush the crust with a mixture of egg yolk and cream to give it a golden, glossy finish.
This irresistible, homestyle dessert is full of lush blueberries and apricots, complemented by tender biscuits. Serve it up in a cast-iron skillet for extra homespun flair.
Three pints of fresh blueberries go into this juicy, lightly sweetened fruit crisp. Use oats, chopped nuts, or some of each to add texture and crunch to the sweet, buttery topping.
Puree fresh blueberries with some sugar, water, and a bit of lemon juice to make these fruity frozen pops. This recipe is also wonderful with a combination of berries, such as strawberries and raspberries.
Blueberry-Sour-Cream Pound Cake with Lemon Cream
Sour cream and nine eggs make this blueberry pound cake incredibly moist. Sweetened whipped cream flecked with lemon zest makes the perfect garnish.
Fill thin, tender crepes with a combination of cottage cheese, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla bean, and fresh blueberries, then panfry them until golden and crisp on the outside. Top each serving with warm, lemony blueberry sauce.
A lightly sweetened pastry crust is the base for a cooked blueberry filling that's topped with luscious fresh blueberries. Serve the tart chilled with whipped cream on the side.
Pierogi with Blueberry Filling and Spiced Sour Cream
This version of dessert pierogi is filled with fresh blueberries. Topped with sweet vanilla-nutmeg sour cream, these dumplings make a memorable brunch course or finish to a meal.
Buttermilk makes these pancakes tender and moist, while cornmeal adds a subtle crunch. Sprinkle fresh blueberries onto the batter after you ladle it onto the griddle, and serve stacks of hot pancakes with orange-maple butter.
Blueberry Crumb Cake
Excellent for breakfast, dessert, or an extra-delicious snack, this moist buttermilk cake is full of fresh blueberries. Gently squeeze the butter and brown sugar streusel topping in your hands before sprinkling it over the cake so it forms large, tender crumbs.
Grated fresh ginger adds a fragrant bite to blueberry pie. Cornstarch in the filling adds just the right amount of thickening.
Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cake
Blueberry and Buttermilk Tart
Buttermilk gives a refreshing tang to the custard that fills an almond shortbread crust. Unadorned fresh blueberries make a gorgeous topping for this cool tart.
Simmer a pint of fresh blueberries with a bit of butter and sugar to make this quick and easy dessert sauce. Spoon the topping over ice cream, cheesecake, or pound cake.
Bake lemon curd in buttery, lightly sweet pate sucree tart shells, then spread the cooled tarts with sweetened, whipped creme fraiche. Mound fresh blueberries onto each tart and brush them with melted apricot jam to give them a glossy finish.
Ice Cream and Blueberry Pops
These ice cream pops get their brilliant purple hue from fresh blueberry syrup. Blend the syrup with softened vanilla ice cream and freeze in 14 ice-pop molds.
These moist blueberry scones are made with cake flour for extra tenderness. The baked scones can be frozen, well wrapped, for up to a month.