Blueberries grow on bushes and ripen early summer to early fall (depending on where you live). Picking blueberries is much easier than their thorny counterparts, raspberries and blackberries.
If you visit a you-pick blueberry farm, you should be able to gently run your hand under these bouncy berries and catch them in a basket. If you have to tug at them – or if they’re still white or pinkish in color – then they aren’t ready.
Blueberries don’t ripen after picking like some fruits, so make sure you only pick ripe, plump berries. Eat them, bake with them, freeze them or make preserves with them quickly.
Looking for something to make with all those fresh blueberries you’ve picked? We have a few ideas for you: Blueberry Dump Cake, Blueberry Peach Parfait, Blueberry Buckle Coffeecake and Blueberry Swirl Ice Pops.