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Seasonal Produce: Blueberries

Seasonal Produce: Blueberries

In season from late spring to late summer, fresh blueberries are at their peak in July and August. Juicy and sweet, these round, smooth-skinned berries add the perfect touch of summer to salads, drinks and desserts. For a special treat, check out your farmer’s market for locally grown blueberries, freshly picked and still warm from the sun.

Purchasing Blueberries

  • Select firm, plump berries with an indigo blue color and a silvery white frost. Avoid any with a green or red tint, which indicates underripe berries.
  • If packaged in a carton, check to make sure there are no juice stains at the bottom of the carton or moldy or crushed berries buried inside.
  • Refrigerate fresh blueberries for up to 1 week. If packaged in a cardboard container, transfer the berries to an airtight container. Check the berries periodically, discarding any that are moldy or crushed.
  • Freeze washed and dried blueberries by placing them in a single layer on a baking pan. Freeze until hard, then transfer to freezer bags. Store frozen blueberries for up to 1 year.

Preparing Blueberries

  • Remove and discard any damaged berries and stems. Gently rinse berries under cold water just before using. Spread them out on paper towels to dry.
  • Do not thaw frozen blueberries before adding them to batters to prevent them from leaving blue streaks of juice.

Blueberry Nutrition

  • Cholesterol free
  • Very low in sodium
  • Low in fat
  • Good source of fiber
  • Excellent source of vitamin C

Serving Blueberries

  • Sprinkle fresh blueberries over a serving of BREAKSTONE’S Cottage Cheese.
  • Stir blueberries into quick bread, muffin or pancake batter.
  • Toss fresh blueberries into a green salad and top with your favorite KRAFT Salad Dressing.
  • Add blueberries to your blender while whipping up summer smoothies and shakes.
  • Replace one-quarter of the fresh fruit in your favorite baked pie with blueberries. Peach and blueberry pie is a real summer treat!

Blueberry Recipes

Cheese & Blueberry Danish

Lemon-Blueberry Bars

CERTO® Blueberry Jam

PHILLY Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert

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