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Blueberries are blue colored small round berries, which have a sweet taste, although acidic. It has a silver bloom around. It ripens through May and June, changing color from green to reddish purple to finally blue when mature.
How To Select
Clean and wash the blueberry and place them on a chopping board and chop the blueberries carefully into finely chopped or roughly chopped as per recipe requirements.
Blueberry are cultivated or picked from wild bushes. Also there are numerous commercial cultivators, each leading to a distinct flavor. This fruit is generally sold fresh Check for any insect infestation, blemishes or bruises as well as the color. Select berries that are completely blue (fully mature), with no tinge of red (slightly un-ripened). That natural shimmer silver coating you are able to see on blueberries is desirable as it acts as a natural protection. Avoid buying those on which u see a mist of sprays done to keep them look fresh. Blueberries must be ripe when purchased, as they do not continue to ripen after harvesting. Avoid soft, watery or moldy blueberries. Stained or leaking containers are an indication of fruit past its prime. It is also available in a variety of processed form.Culinary Use
Whole Blueberry fruit can be frozen by method of individual quick freezing. It can be converted into puree from its pulp, made into juice. Blueberry jam is made by mixing fruit pectin and is sold commercially. Apart from this, dried bleberry is used in pies, cakes, muffins, jams and jellies.How to Store
Since it is highly perishable, consume it as soon as possible, once freshly picked. If not so, you can refrigerate it in a rigid container. Donot wash it before storing simply because water on the surface hastens deterioration. Refrigeration will last it upto 2 weeks. Blueberries can be deep freezed at 0'Cto store them for 1 year. After thawing, they are only slightly less bright and juicy as in their original harvest state. Do not wash them before freezing, as the water will cause the skins to become tough. It can also be canned or dried.Health Benefits
It has great antioxidant value, thus helps to fight cancer and degeneration of cells. It is also used as a laxative and relieve intestinal trouble. On account of the dark pigmentation i.e presence of bioflavonoids , it helps to improve night vision. It is also high in iron.