TIP! Be sure to bring your own containers to take your blueberries home after you come to u-pick. We provide containers to pick in.
Tips for Preparing Blueberries
Fresh berries are very fragile and should be washed briefly and carefully and then gently patted dry if they are not organic. Wash berries just prior to use to not prematurely remove the protective bloom that resides on the skin’s surface. If you know the source of either wild or organic berries try not to wash them at all. When using frozen berries in recipes that do not require cooking, thaw well and drain prior to using.
Healthiest Way of Preparing Blueberries
Blueberries retain their maximum amount of nutrients and their maximum taste when they are enjoyed fresh and not prepared in a cooked recipe.
That is because their nutrients – – including vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes – undergo damage when exposed to temperatures (350°F/175°C and higher) used in baking. Note: Freezing blueberries has no effect at all on their high nutrient content, and the thawed berries will retain all of their fresh health and nutrition benefits.
A few quick serving ideas
- Add frozen or fresh blueberries to your breakfast shake. If the blender container is plastic, allow berries a few minutes to soften, so they will not damage the blender.
- Fresh or dried blueberries add a colorful punch to cold breakfast cereals.
- For a deliciously elegant dessert, layer yogurt and blueberries in wine glasses and top with crystallized ginger.
Tips cited from http://whfoods.org at http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?dbid=8&tname=foodspice
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