Summer in the South is an exciting time. Though temperatures are scorching, Mother Nature is hard at work growing and greening long winding vines and vibrant bushes that house those ripe fruits and berries that we so desire. One of our favorite summer-fresh finds? Plump, juicy blueberries. But, before you dive into baking those glorious pies, cobblers, and crisps, there are a few things you should know about blueberries.
When are they in season?
Blueberries adorn farmers’ markets and produce stands from mid-May through August in most parts of the South.
What should I look for?
Choose berries that are firm and frosty blue in color with smooth skin.
How long will they keep?
Fresh berries keep refrigerated for 10–14 days; wash only before use.
Can I freeze them for later?
Yes! For long-term storage, freeze washed and dried fruit in freezer bags or containers, and use throughout the year.
Where can I pick my own?
U-pick farms are a fun summer activity and a good way to stock up on local berries at an affordable price. Click here to find a farm near you.
Now that you’re a pro on all things blueberry, try your hand at some of our best blueberry recipes, like Blueberry Basil Skillet Sweet Cornbread, Blueberry-Coconut Crisp, Blueberry Maple Chicken Kale Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette, or Old-Fashioned Blueberry Pie.
“5 Things to Know about Blueberries”……….WRONG INFO……..if you wash blueberries BEFORE you freeze them, the skins will become tough and rubbery. You freeze them, then wash just before use to maintain the tender skins. Please check with actual “blueberry people” before posting information, it affects how people view our business and our product!