In Season: July to September
Low bush blueberries grow wild in North America and can be found growing abundantly around the Kingston area. Highbush blueberries are a cultivated variety that aren’t quite as hardy but have bigger fruits. Both types can be found at market during the summer. Blueberries are very nutritious. They are great eaten on their own, with a little whipped cream or baked into desserts. Blueberries make great jam and are also a delicious addition to salads. Good flavour pairings for blueberries include; lemon, mint, basil, honey, goat cheese, almonds, and other berries.
Similar to most berries, blueberries are best when eaten within a couple of days of being picked. Store unwashed blueberries in a bowl in the refrigerator and cover with plastic wrap or a lid. Berries will keep for 3-4 days. Blueberries freeze beautifully so if you want to store them for longer, this is the way to go. Spread blueberries out on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer until frozen. Transfer to a freezer bag or freezer proof container and place in freezer. Frozen blueberries will keep for 5-6 months.
Blueberries are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Dietary Fibre, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese. Blueberries are also packed full of anthocyanidins- a powerful antioxidant- which has been found to improve cardiovascular health and fight against cancer.