Blueberry, often regarded as Mother Nature’s super antioxidant, ranks as the second favorite fruit in the world after strawberry. From sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are grown in clusters and range in a size from a pea to a marble. The fruit turns from pale green to dark blue upon ripening.
Purchase Guide: Avoid berries that appear dull in color or are soft and watery in texture. They should be free from moisture since the presence of water will cause the berries to decay. When purchasing frozen berries, shake the bag gently to ensure that the berries move freely and are not clumped together, which may suggest that they have been thawed and refrozen.
Storage: 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. Store blueberries in freeze in a plastic box (not metal).
Berries are tiny, tasty, and tantalizingly colorful – and they're also powerful allies for your health, protecting everything from your head to your heart. What makes berries so special is their high levels of phytochemicals - those naturally occurring nutrients that help protect cells from damage.Continue Reading