Forms of Blueberries
Grab a boost of blue by the handful … or spoonful. Blueberries are simple, healthy and delicious in every form! Fresh and frozen, canned and freeze-dried, juice and puree. Consider all your blueberry snacking, cooking and baking needs met!
Which Blue Should You Choose?
While most blueberry enthusiasts are familiar with fresh and frozen, the other forms might be less familiar. It’s always a good time to get to know your favorite berry a bit better. Here are the blueberry basics for each of the most common forms – and where you can learn more.
Delicious fresh blueberries are a summertime treat and tradition in North America. You may now notice fresh blueberries on the shelves year round as well thanks to production in the Southern Hemisphere. About 50 percent of all blueberries produced are dedicated to the fresh market. The harvest starts in Florida in the Early Spring and Ends in British Columbia Canada in October and sometimes later. Blueberry are grown in rows that are cultivated year round to produce sweet and plump berries. When the berry is a deep blue color, the blueberries are carefully hand picked and rushed to nearby packing houses. They are chilled, and rushed to markets in nearby cities and off to air fright around the world. The blueberries are packed in plastic trays of different sizes and are normally in market within hours of harvest! In the winter — fresh blueberries from South America and Australia and New Zealand which are air freighted across the globe to local market. A number of blueberry farmers open their farms to what are called U-pick operations.