This past weekend, Freddie, Harper and I went blueberry picking with our neighbors. Being an avid blueberry lover, I was in heaven. Nothing but fresh blueberries all around me. I learned so much about this delicate fruit, I now have an even greater appreciation for it (as well as a good understanding as to why they can be so pricey!).
Blueberry picking is a great family activity. Not only do you get to stock up on fresh fruit of your choice, but you can eat your weight in blueberries in the process. You only get charged for what lands in the bucket, not what ends up in your tummy. And trust me, I took full advantage of it :)
Blueberries have never tasted so good. With 12 different varieties of blueberry bushes, I was amazed at the wide range of flavors. There were juicy ones, crunchy ones, sweet ones, flowery ones. Each of us had our own favorite bush.
Blueberry picking is quite an art. The key to a successful pick is to massage the clump gently, letting the ripe berries fall off into your hand. The greener berries will usually stay on the stem, allowing them to mature and grow. The best berries are picked ripe and enjoyed immediately. Unfortunately, most blueberries that are store bought are picked when they are green and are left to ripen in the carton, leading to berries that are tart and sour tasting.
Even though Harper isn’t the biggest fan of blueberries, she had a blast running in and out of the rows of blueberry bushes. She loved carrying the bucket around. Not much went into, or stayed in the bucket, but regardless, she took her job very seriously.
After a few hours of hard labor, we left with a TON of blueberries. We even picked up some blueberry honey and pancake mix too! I normally don’t cook or bake with my blueberries because they are just too delicious when eaten fresh, but with all of the blueberries that are currently sitting in my fridge, I will be whipping up some sort of blueberry concoction soon. So stay tuned for a yummy blueberry inspired dish later this week :)
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