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Blueberry

Blueberry In season from early August through to late September, size isn’t everything when it comes to blueberries – often it is the smaller ones that are the most delicious.

In Season?
Early August through to late September.
Buy?
Size isn’t everything when it comes to blueberries – often it is the smaller ones that are the most delicious. Look for plump, firm berries with no trace of red. If you’re buying in a container, avoid batches where there are signs of “leaking” when you look underneath.
Store?
Blueberries store quite well. As long as you remove any suspect ones before storing, they should keep for between one and two weeks
Freeze?
Blueberries freeze well. Avoid washing them first – simply lay them in a single layer on a baking tray in the freezer. Once frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer bag or tub. The time to wash them is once you’re ready to use them. And it’s best to add them to your cooking whilst still frozen, to prevent mooshing and too much colour leakage
Cook?
Oh you bet! Think muffins, pancakes, jellys, jams and sauces. Of course, they are also perfect eaten raw as a snack, as a dessert topping, in savoury dishes (see the recipe on the next page for blueberry salsa) or “bathed in cream” as Sylvia Plath once wrote…

More Blueberry Information

Blueberries are pretty much the ultimate superfood. Rich in fibre, calcium, Vitamins A and C, they are thought be excellent for eyesight, reducing cholesterol, preventing and combating infection. They are low in calories, and contain more of those famous antioxidants than most other fruit and vegetables. Specifically, blueberries contain anthocyanidins, which eliminate damage done to our cells by so-called free radicals. Free radical cell damage is linked to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer.

Blueberries grow best in acidic, sandy soils, and most of the blueberry producers in the UK are to be found coastally, in Dorset, Norfolk and Suffolk. So if you live in one of these areas (you lucky devils!), you are most likely to be finding blueberries arriving in your organic fruit orders.

Little Known Blueberry Facts...

Historical records suggest that the Native American Indians gave blueberries to the first settlers, helping them through their first winter in a new land.

In turn, the colonists learned how to use blueberries combined with milk to make paint that is the signature colour of “shaker” kitchens!

The white waxy sheen or “bloom” on the surface of blueberries helps protect the berry.

Beware using blueberries in recipes that contain a lot of baking soda – your food may end up looking unexpectedly green!

Blueberry Salsa
This is such an original way to use blueberries, and makes use of another colourful Summer seasonal favourite, the red bell pepper or capsicum.

This dish is great as a side at barbeques, especially together with a bit of organic fish or local grilled meat.
Ingredients
Makes 3-4 cups

2 cups rough chopped fresh blueberries and 1 cup of blueberries left whole
juice of one lemon
3-4 tbsps of fresh chopped coriander
quarter cup of chopped onion
half tsp salt

Optional ingredient:

2 seeded and finely chopped jalapeno peppers
Method
Mix together all ingredients.
Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Cupboard-To-Table

15 minutes (excluding chilling time)

Suggested Blueberry Recipes

Blueberry Salsa

This is such an original way to use blueberries, and makes use of another colourful Summer seasonal favourite, the red bell pepper or capsicum.

This dish is great as a side at barbeques, especially together with a bit of organic fish or local grilled meat.

Traditional Cherry Clafoutis

This traditional French dessert is so incredibly easy to make, and yet it's remarkably elegant. Certainly, if you use ramekins to make individual ones, it's idea for dinner parties. And yet it's so simple, it's also brilliant for family pudding, and (this is a bit naughty) it's lovely cold for breakfast, with the excuse that it's a bit like having pancakes! Just don't tell anyone we told you so...

Victoria Sandwich with Fresh Raspberry and Blueberry Filling

The Victoria Sandwich is a British "afternoon tea" classic, supposedly named by the staff at Osborn House in reference to Queen Victoria, who spent time in retreat there and enjoyed this particular treat as a favourite.

Our version uses fresh in-season raspberries and blueberries, "smooshed" (technical kitchen term) together by hand, rather than using jam.

Wholewheat Blueberry Muffins

Since we've added blueberries to the VegBox ingredients database, it would be most remiss of us not to include a recipe for blueberry muffins!

Got one? Send us your recipe!

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