Seasonal Eating: Berries

Seasonal Eating: Berries

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:


  • 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 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.


  • 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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