Picking blueberries has always been one of my favorite past times. Since I could barley walk my parents have been taking my sister and I blueberry picking. Now that we are adults, we both still continue to pick blueberries and our little ones get to experience the same great pleasure. Summer just wouldn't be the same without picking for this delicious berry. There is no better summer picking experience then being given a bucket and told to pick not only for the bucket, but for your tummy too!
Blueberry farms are the easiest places to pick at. The berries are cultivated and some can grow to about the size of a nickel or larger. With a blueberry this large, it doesn't take long to fill a gallon bucket. Blueberry farms have lots of different varieties to choose from and can often be a source of a way to sample different types of blueberries. Don't feel guilty about sampling and eating the berries off the bush, the farmers take all this into consideration when they determine the price they will charge per pound. As long as they don't weigh you before and after, you will be fine. So, grab a bucket and pick some blueberries.
How to Pick Blueberries
How do you pick blueberries is an interesting thought. I have seen people do it so many different ways. The most easiest way is to take the ripened blueberry off the bush with a little pull and place it into your mouth or bucket. I have seen a friend place a few buckets on the ground and shake the limb full of berries. Believe it or not he is faster than anyone I have ever seen when it comes to filling buckets. I enjoy finding a bush with lots of ripe berry clusters and taking them off by the handful. There is no wrong way to pick a blueberry as long as it is ripe and not wasted.
Blueberry Muffin Recipe - Blueberry muffins are a great way to use your blueberries after you have picked them. A warm blueberry muffin with fresh blueberries is definitely mouth watering.
Blueberry Pie Recipe - What is summer without a blueberry pie. Try it with fresh blueberries and I bet you will enjoy it so much more.
Blueberry Cake Recipe - Everyone loves cake, try it with blueberries.
Blueberry Pancake Recipe - This is definitely a favorite of mine. As a kid growing up, I would wake up each Sunday to my mom cooking blueberry pancakes. She always made sure to freeze enough berries to have blueberry pancakes throughout the year. How, I miss those days.
Another great idea that my mom always had us do as kids was to put blueberries in our cereal and on our ice cream. Blueberries always made cereal and ice cream so much better. Give it a try!
Picking Wild Blueberries
Picking wild blueberries can be a strenuous and tedious task but if you ever have the chance to do it, jump at it. Wild blueberries are much, much smaller than cultivated blueberries that are grown at blueberry farms but the difference is they are normally purely organic. The taste from wild blueberries differs some but in my opinion, I love them just as much.
A great place to go wild blueberry picking if you are ever in the area: Gap Mt in Troy, NH. It is a definite hike to the top of the mountain, about an hour to an hour and a half. Once you get to the summit of this small mountain, you will be rewarded with massive amounts of wild blueberry bushes. Pick a rock and sit down, extend your hand to a bush and feast on wild blueberries. This is the perfect light meal for hiking up the mountain. Not only are you rewarded with great tasting wild blueberries but you are also rewarded with a great view. So, relax, feast and take in the scenery. Does life get any better? The best time to catch them in their prime is late July and early August.
The Health Benefits of Blueberries
Blueberries are one of the best leading food sources for antioxidants. They have a plentiful amount of vitamin c, manganese and dietary fiber. These little guys sure do pack a healthy punch! Not only are they good for you but they are low in fat and calories and the best part is they taste so darn good.