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Seasonal Fruit Guide

When to Buy Blueberries and What Variety to Choose

by Nicholas Karatzas 18 Dec 2022

Ladies, have you ever been at the grocery store and wondered why there are so many different types of blueberries? Or why some seasons blueberries seem to be more expensive than others? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll break down when the best time is to buy blueberries, what varieties are available, and which ones are ideal for baking versus snacking. Read on to find out exactly when it's time to stock up on your favorite berry!

When Are Blueberries in Season?

The simple answer is that blueberry season depends on where you live. Generally, blueberry season in North America runs from May through September with peak season occurring in July. If you're looking for the most flavorful berries, then it's best to wait until July or August when they are at their sweetest. However, if you need a wide variety of options then June is probably the best time since there will be more varieties available during that month.

Different Types of Blueberries

Blueberries come in several different varieties including highbush (the traditional type), lowbush (smaller wild type), and rabbiteye (a Southern favorite). The highbush variety is by far the most popular due to its large size and sweet flavor profile. Lowbush blueberries tend to be smaller but still offer a great flavor for baking or snacking. Rabbiteye blueberries have an intense flavor that makes them ideal for jams or pies.

Which Blueberry Is Best For Baking?

If you're making a pie or cobbler then the rabbiteye variety will provide the perfect level of sweetness and tartness that your dessert needs. Highbush berries are also great for baking but they tend to be a bit sweeter than rabbiteyes so keep that in mind when choosing your recipe ingredients! Lowbush berries make great additions to smoothies or oatmeal but they can be too tart for some desserts so it's best to stick with either highbush or rabbiteye if you're looking for something specifically designed for baking.

To sum up, buying fresh blueberries is always an excellent choice! Whether you're looking for something sweet or tart, there's a variety of options available depending on what time of year it is and where you live. Highbush berries offer a classic flavor while lowbush berries provide tartness and small size perfect for snacking or adding into recipes like smoothies or oatmeal. Lastly, rabbiteyes have an intense flavor that makes them ideal for baking pies or cobblers. So don't forget—when it comes time to stock up on your favorite berry, make sure you get the right variety at its peak season! Happy shopping!

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