When fresh berries aren’t in season, buy frozen. They’ll cost less, and will keep for 8 to 12 months. Frozen berries work great folded into bread, muffin, or pancake batter. Or use them in smoothies, or eat them as a snack.
❁ Berries are in season, and might cost less, from about July to September. Buy extra and freeze for later.
❁ Choose firm, plump, fully colored berries. Avoid green berries as well as mushy berries with any mold.
✿ Choose blueberries that are firm, dry, plump and smooth-skinned. Color should be deep purple-blue to blue-black.
✿ Blueberries do not ripen after picking.
✿ Avoid soft, shriveled or moldy fruit.