How to pick your own blueberries
Wild blueberries can be found around lakes in acid soil. The good thing about wild blueberries is that they are free, but you are competing with animals like birds, bears and deer. Don't go into the woods alone. Go with someone else so that you can watch out for each other. Picking berries in a farm is a lot easier. In a couple of hours, you can collect many pounds of blueberries. The cost of picking your own berries is usually less than half of what you would pay at a store.
Wear appropriate clothing because you may get some blueberry stains. Wear comfortable shoes, and before you go out on the field, spray your pant legs, socks and shoes with insect repellent. This simple precaution will keep ticks from crawling up your legs. A hat with a large brim will protect you from the sun. And don't forget to take a basket or a bucket with a handle to hold the berries that you collect. You will probably step on some blueberries in the field. Clean your shoes when you get back home before stepping on any light-colored rugs.
The best blueberries are plump with a light gray-blue color. Berries that look red are not completely ripe, but they have a nice tart taste. Do not pick green blueberries; leave them on the bush so that they can ripen later. Blueberries tend to grow in clumps. There are two ways of harvesting them. You can hold the bucket under the bunch with one hand, while you release the ripe ones into the bucket with the other hand. But if your bucket is already too heavy to do this, you can leave the bucket on the ground, cup both hands under the bunch of blueberries, and with the tips of your fingers release the ripe ones into your hands.
Blueberries can be frozen without washing, and then they can be rinsed and drained before they are served. It is also possible to wash the blueberries before freezing them, as long as they are drained well so that the berries freeze individually and do not stick to each other.
Blueberries are low in calories and very nutritious. One cup of blueberries has 84 calories. Most of these calories come from about 20 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of blueberries has about 5% of the daily nutritional requirements of Vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), and B6 (pyridoxine). In addition, one cup of blueberries has 16% of the RDA for Vitamin C, 6% of Vitamin E, and 24% of Vitamin K. The blue color in blueberries is due to anthocyanins, and other antioxidant pigments and phytochemicals that may play a role in reducing the risks of some diseases.
There are hundreds of recipes that use blueberries, but the simplest are always the best:
- Add blueberries to your cereal or oatmeal.
- Decorate a fruit salad with blueberries.
- Yogurt and blueberries - Yum!
This is my recipe for a blueberry milkshake with 344 calories:
1-1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons whey protein
1 teaspoon flax seed oil
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