Blueberries

Blueberries

General Information: These dark blue berries produce an intensely dark red juice, at least in the wild varieties. Unfortunately, most blueberries that are on the market today are cultivated and not only taste different, but also produce far less juice (less colored), even though they are considerably larger. Blueberries, also called bilberry or myrtille, should not be consumed raw.

Season: June through September

Purchasing Tips: Look for firm berries, that are uniform in size. Discard shriveled or moldy berries.

Storage: Blueberries do not keep well, and they are best consumed soon after purchase. If necessary, place on a paper towel in a single layer and refrigerate up to 3 days. Do not wash blueberries until ready to use.

Cooking Tips: Excellent for making compotes, pies, jams and jellies. Blueberries should not be eaten raw.

Nutritional Info: Like most berries, they contain important minerals (calcium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and magnesium), along with Vitamins A and B.

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