Blueberries are the sturdiest of all the berries, but these nutrient-dense superfruits still need to be treated with care.
- Do not wash until ready to use.
- The silvery sheen (or “bloom”) found on the skin of blueberries is a naturally occurring compound that helps protect the fruit. This why you should only wash blueberries right before you’re going to eat them.
- Store either in their original container or in a covered bowl or container.
- Store in the refrigerator.
- Rinse and dry.
- Pack loosely into rigid, airtight containers.
If a small amount of berries in a container show mold, don’t discard the entire container. Instead, go through the container and discard the obviously bad berries (any that are moldy, crushed, soft or shriveled). Do this as soon as possible to prevent mold from spreading.
Bring Out the Flavour
To bring out the flavour of lacklustre berries, place them in a bowl, sprinkle with a little sugar and let sit for 15 minutes. The sugar will draw moisture from the berries to make a natural sweet syrup.