Fresh blueberries

How to select

Choose blueberries that are round, firm, and dry. Fresh blueberries are a dusty blue color.

How to prepare

  • Rinse berries in a colander and pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. 
  • Discard any shriveled or moldy berries. 
  • Blueberries can be eaten fresh or preserved by freezing, canning, or drying. 
  • If baking with frozen blueberries, don't thaw before using or the juice and color will bleed or leak out. 
  • Gently add berries to batter as the last step before baking.

How to store

  • Only wash berries right before you plan to use them. 
  • Store in the refrigerator to keep fresh. 
  • Store unwashed berries in a container with a lid or with a paper towel above and below them to keep them fresher for up to one week. 
  • You can freeze ripe berries in an airtight container or bag if they won't be eaten within 2-3 days of purchasing for up to 9 months; be sure to wash them first and remove any damaged berries.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Add fresh or frozen blueberries to smoothies. 
  • Blueberries are a great addition for any muffin, pancake, and sweet bread recipe. 
  • Top yogurt with blueberries and granola.

Fun facts

  • Blueberries are one of few foods that are naturally blue due to the presence of a pigment called anthocyanin. 
  • Blueberries have been eaten for more than 13,000 years. 
  • North American indigenous people referred to blueberries as "star fruits" due to the blossom's star shape.

Nutrition info and facts

Blueberries contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than most other fruit. Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C. Blueberries are high in soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol.

1 cup blueberries = 80 calories, 1 g protein, < 1 g fat, 22 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 15 g sugar

Learn more

Growing blueberries in the home garden (UMN Extension)

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BC blueberries. Did you know? 10 Surprising facts about blueberries. May 4, 2017.

Have a Plant. Blueberries.

WebMD. Health benefits of blueberries. September 8, 2023.