Eastern Shore Food Lab

Cooking Blueberries

April marks the beginning of blueberry season in North America, when supermarkets will be fully stocked with cartons of fruit.

Picking the freshest blueberries at the store can be a challenge, as they do not keep very well. Leaking, shriveled, or moldy fruit should be avoided. Once home, the crisper drawer of the refrigerator is the best place to store your berries to keep them fresh. If you are not confident in your berry picking abilities, buying frozen berries is a strong option, since they are almost as nutritious as raw berries.

Something that may surprise you, however, is that cooked blueberries are better for you than raw berries. The act of cooking makes the berry nutrients more bioavailable by changing the structure of the phytonutrients. What a perfect excuse to whip up some blueberry pie!