Selection and Storage
Look for plump medium to large berries with uniform dark coloring. Avoid berries that look dry, shriveled or juicy. Blueberries should always be refrigerated until ready to eat. Rinse berries with cold water just prior to eating.
We may not be the biggest, but with one taste we think you’ll agree- we’re probably the best when it comes to growing blueberries. We did our homework and planted only the most flavorful varieties available.
Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America. They are also known as the only naturally blue food item. Ripe blueberries are deep indigo blue in color with a grayish looking natural waxy coating called bloom. The bloom is nature’s way of protecting the blueberries from external moisture while keeping them juicy and plump on the inside. The flesh of a blueberry is surprisingly green.
Our location in California produces some of the first U.S.-grown blueberries available each spring. Harvest begins in mid-April and lasts through early June. See Availability Chart for details.
The good news just keeps coming regarding the health benefits of eating blueberries. They are probably best known for their high antioxidant content. Based on data from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (Boston, MA), blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity. Using a test called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), researchers have shown that a serving of fresh blueberries provided more antioxidant activity than many other fresh fruits and vegetables.
Other areas of research where blueberries are yielding exciting discoveries include:
Prevention of age-related loss of memory and motor skills
Prevention of cancer and heart disease
Prevention of urinary tract infections
Reduction of belly fat