Fruit Care Tips: Blueberries
In terms of U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries. Blueberries are not only popular, but also repeatedly ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA. We recommend enjoying raw blueberries — rather than relying upon blueberries incorporated into baked desserts — because, like other fruits, raw blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits.
As one of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries have been enjoyed by Native Americans for hundreds of years. They have also enjoyed great popularity around the world in cuisines from Asia to the Mediterranean.
Blueberries should be stored directly from purchase into an air-tight container. Don’t rinse your blueberries until immediately before use.
To freeze: Wash berries carefully in cold water, pat dry and place in single layer on cookie tray in freezer. Once berries are frozen, transfer to airtight container or heavy duty freezer bags and return to freezer.