Fresh Blueberry Recipes
It's time to get picking...berry picking that is. Berries of all kinds are beginning to ripen, making it a great time of year to serve your family and friends fruit inspired desserts. Sweet, juicy blueberries will be ready to harvest in the Southeastern region as early as May, and blueberry season goes until mid-July/early August in the Northeast. Now is the perfect time to gather your favorite blueberry recipes so you'll have an arsenal at the ready when the craving hits for blueberry pie.
The blueberry is more than just a delicious, low-calorie fruit...it also packs a powerful punch of nutrients within its small, round package. An excellent source of Vitamin C and high in manganese, blueberries are chock full of dietary fiber. They also have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings.
We've gathered a couple of our favorite recipes including our classic Blueberry Pie plus a few variations.
Blueberry Pie - Our own Chef Eddy Van Damme takes this classic recipe to new heights. Encased in a delicious buttery pie crust and full of sweet, juicy and fresh blueberries, this mouthwatering dessert is topped with a crumbly streusel that will have your guests begging for seconds.
Blueberry Crisp - Individually sized and perfect for parties, serve this dessert warm and top with homemade vanilla ice cream or sprinkle with powdered sugar and you'll win hostess of the year.
Breezy Blueberry Tartlets - This recipe for mini blueberry tarts first appeared in one of our vintage cookbooks and continues to be a favorite summertime sweet treat.
Why should dessert get all the fun? Blueberry Coconut French Toast Bake is a fun twist on the classic and it only takes 10 minutes to prepare. Coconut flakes and cinnamon give this decadent dish an extra kick of flavor. Your friends will be asking you for a copy of this recipe.
Did you know?
- When you wash off the pale coating on your blueberries, you speed up the spoilage rate. So don't rinse them off until you're ready to eat or cook with them.
- Fresh blueberries last one to two weeks in the refrigerator. Be sure to discard any moldy ones and remove all stems.
- Blueberries are one of the only natural blue colored foods and a natural food dye that can stain hands and clothing.
- You can enjoy blueberries year-round by freezing them. Make sure they are dry, then pre-freeze them individually to avoid clumping. Place a single layer of blueberries in a shallow pan and put them in the freezer for two hours. Then, put them together in freezer safe bag. They will be good for up to one year and you do not need to thaw them before using them to bake.