Blueberries

If Ben Franklin had had his way, the turkey, a strictly native bird, would grace our nation's seal rather than the eagle, which inhabits other countries, too. By the same logic, we should say "As American as blueberry pie." Apples grow all over the world, while no other continent can boast of its blueberries. Thanks to prolific cultivation, the season begins well before the "natural" start in August. But the best berries still grow in the wild and appear in late summer.

WHEN TO BUY
August

NUTRITION FACTS
Amount in 1 Serving: 1 cup
Calories: 100
Fiber: 4 grams
Fat: .5 gram
Protein: 1 gram
A good source of: vitamin C

HOW TO CHOOSE
Look for berries that:

  • Have a faint, sweet aroma
  • Have a deep, even color
  • Are free of white or gray fuzz (this is mold)

HOW TO STORE
Ideally, blueberries should be eaten as soon as they are picked. They can be stored in the refrigerator, for no more than two days. They also freeze well, rinsed and drained.

HOW TO PREPARE

  • Wash just before you plan to eat them
  • Sprinkle bland berries with fine granulated sugar to bring out the flavor
  • Use right after you buy or pick them, or refrigerate no more than two days
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