Harvest of the Month: Blueberries
Not only are blueberries pretty, they are also delicious. Blueberries are an extremely versatile fruit; they can be added to both savory and sweet dishes or consumed raw. You can buy the best blueberries during the summertime, but don’t forget that you can get them frozen throughout the rest of the year.
How to select
Blueberries are easy to select just by looking at them. Blueberries should have a deep blue, almost purple color, and the skin should be taught around the fruit. If the blueberries are split on the skin or wrinkled, they should be avoided.
How to store
Blueberries are best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They do not stay for very long, but one trick to make them last longer is to only wash them right before eating. Do not wash them and then store them. Doing this will make them go bad even faster.
How to prepare
Blueberries are delicious in their raw, unprepared form. They are also great for sprinkling on top of oatmeal or yogurt. Blueberries bake very well and provide a sweet flavor and gooey texture in muffins, cakes, and pies.
Try a recipe
Here’s a great recipe incorporating blueberries from our wellness team: Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie. It will make approximately two one-cup servings.
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 ripe banana
- 10 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup milk (cow, soy, almond, or what you prefer)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain recommended to keep sugar content down)
- Handful of spinach (optional)
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend until smoth.