What better way to say summer than with fresh picked blueberries!
According to Wikipedia:
Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with blue– or purple–colored berries. They are classified in the sectionCyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium. Vaccinium also includes cranberries, bilberries, huckleberries and Madeira blueberries. Commercial “blueberries” – including both wild (‘lowbush’) and cultivated (‘highbush’) blueberries – are all native to North America. The highbush blueberry varieties were introduced into Europe during the 1930s.
|Section:||Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus
Blueberries are usually prostrate shrubs that can vary in size from 10 centimeters (3.9 in) to 4 meters (13 ft) in height. In commercial production of blueberries, the species with small, pea–size berries growing on low–level bushes are known as “lowbush blueberries” (synonymous with “wild”), while the species with larger berries growing on taller cultivated bushes are known as “highbush blueberries”.
Blueberries can be enjoyed year round with easy steps to freezing.
To prepare for freezing rinse the berries off and pat dry. Lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Remove from freezer and gently remove them from sheet ( I actually use a spatula for this step) and place them in quart or gallon storage bags, which ever you prefer!
You will be amazed that frozen this way there is no worry about them sticking together in clumps. Now you will have blueberries to enjoy on cereal or even in that smoothie in the morning!
* Hint this is a great way to freeze strawberries as well!.