Blueberries are native to North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, though they are predominantly found in North America. A number of North American varieties are also grown in the Southern Hemisphere by commercial growers.
Blueberries are low in calories and a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Manganese and antioxidants.
Purchasing and Storage
If picking your own, look for blueberries that are plump in size and blue in color. Avoid blueberries that are shriveled or green. To store, make sure blueberries are NOT damp then cover them in a shallow container with plastic wrap and keep for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. Do not wash until ready to eat. If freezing, lay blueberries on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze. Once frozen, store berries in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 10 months.
Blueberries are incredibly versatile and can be used in both savory and sweet applications, from sauces to syrups, pies to muffins, left whole in salads or turned into a delicious jam or jelly! Add a few to pancake batter to make breakfast extra special, add blueberries to a goat cheese salad with pecans and nuts for lunch or check out Chef Jacquie’s Hurst’s “Grande Blues” Blueberry and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers for a delicious dinner you can make with your kids! Blueberries are a great addition to any meal!