how to pick the best berries

Seasonal Eating: Berries

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It’s berry season! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are the perfect addition to morning yogurt, brunch pancakes and also make excellent afternoon snacks. Here are some tasty recipes to try:

how to pick the best berries

How to pick the best berries:

Color

  • Berries should be uniformly and richly colored.
  • Don’t worry about the hazy white “bloom” on blueberries – that’s a normal bloom berries form as a protective shield from the sun.
  • Avoid berries with brown patches or discoloring, which could indicate under-ripe or damaged berries.

Size

  • Size doesn’t really affect the flavor profile of the berries, though tiny berries can be more concentrated in flavor.
  • Wild berries tend to be much smaller than their cultivated counterparts.

Shape

  • Berries should be plump and firm.
  • If berries are wrinkled or shrunken, they may be drying out and past their prime.

Anything Else?

  • Berries should be dry and intact – if the berry carton is wet or has splotches of juice on the sides, some of the berries are likely overripe and could be moldy.
  • A good test is to give the container a gentle shake – the berries should move freely in the package.

Storing berries:

  • Don’t wash berries until you’re just about to serve them
  • Store your berries in the refrigerator
  • For maximum enjoyment, consume berries as soon as possible after purchase. (I mean really, why wait?)

What’s your favorite berry recipe? Leave us a link in the comments below!

This post was sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Thanks Whole Foods!


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