In season May through October, it's only been in the last couple of weeks that blueberries have appeared at the farmers' markets in New York City. Look for fresh blueberries that are firm, dry, plump, smooth-skinned, deep-purple blue to blue-black in color, and relatively free from leaves and stems. Note that size is not an indicator of maturity. Fresh berries should be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 10 days and washed just before using.
To freeze fresh berries, use berries that are unwashed and completely dry. Store in your freezer in an airtight container or re-sealable plastic bag. Or, arrange dry berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet, freeze, then transfer berries to airtight container or re-sealable plastic bag.
Here are a few recipes we think are worth trying this blueberry season:
- Ricotta-Berry Muffins
- Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
- Blueberry-Peach Cobbler
- Blueberry Cake with Blueberry Sauce
- Blueberry Mojito
What are some of your favorite blueberry recipes?