Buying Fresh Florida Blueberries
Finding the best, fresh Florida blueberries is simple once you know a few selection tips. Begin by looking for blueberries that are firm, dry, plump and smooth-skinned. They should have a silvery surface bloom and no leaves or stems. That natural shimmery silver coating is a protectant. Blueberries must be ripe when purchased because, unlike some fruits, they do not continue to ripen after harvesting.
Avoid buying blueberries that look soft or shriveled or have any signs of mold. These are indications that the fruit is past its prime. Look for juice stains in the container, as this is a sign the fruit may be bruised. Don't worry about the size of the berries because with this fruit, size isn’t an indicator of maturity. The color of the blueberry is an indicator of its maturity, and it should be a deep purple-blue to blue-black. Reddish berries aren’t ripe, but you can still use them in cooking.
Refrigerate fresh blueberries when you get them home, either in their original plastic pack or in a covered bowl or container. Wait to wash the berries until you are ready for use, and remember to eat them within 10 days of purchase.
For more selection tips and storing suggestions, follow our Pinterest board: Blueberry Selection and Storage.