Best of the Season: Blueberries

bowl of blueberries

Blueberries are one of May’s showstoppers, they’re at their peak of perfection right now— these powerhouse berries are so delicious, we can’t get enough of them at our house. While researching the best of the season for my May Pick Now! Calendar I found some great information about picking the best of the best berries. One disclaimer: As you read through this keep your mind in the garden and out of the gutter, because the innuendos here are endless.

blueberries

There are two overall varieties of blueberries: lowbush and highbush. Lowbush blueberries are grown primarily in Maine and parts of Canada. They are smaller berries, with more intense coloring and a wonderful tart sweetness. The smaller size means less water content, which makes them the best for baking.

Highbush blueberries are the most common type you’ll find in most grocery stores. Michigan leads the way as the biggest producer of highbush berries. Highbush are larger than lowbush and take on a silvery sheen. Plump and flavorful, these berries are great for snacking.

Whatever bush type you have your eye on, here are some things to look for at the farmers market or grocery store when selecting blueberries:

  • Firm
  • Plump
  • Smooth Skin
  • Silvery Sheen
  • Size isn’t an indicator of ripeness, color is and for blueberries, the deeper the better.

And according to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, if you bring home blueberries that aren’t quite ripe you can place them in a big with an apple to speed up the process. The ethylene from the apple will cause the blueberries to ripen faster.

So now you know what to look for when you buy or pick blueberries this season. Whether high or lowbush is your thing, you’ve gotta make sure this fantastic Blueberry Cobbler finds its way into your oven. Whether you serve it for dessert or breakfast (or both) you have happy people.

finished cobbler

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2 thoughts on “Best of the Season: Blueberries”

I used to pick wild blueberries in northern Wisconsin, and tried to grow them. They need acid and sandy soil, so I gave up. but, I live close to Michigan, very abundant there. And so good for you!!

we would go blueberry picking every year. Our children learned to enjoy making a day of it, we would pack the car w/a cooler, beach towels and bathing suits – drive an hour north to a blueberry farm, load up the crates and then spend the afternoon on Lake Huron. I miss those days. The blueberries were sweet and plump and the farm we went to was very kid friendly. The beach was a great way to enjoy the fun in the sun!

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