Local farmers have spent the past few months cultivating one of our favorite summer crops; blueberries! Now that blueberry season is here, we thought we’d share a little about how they grow, their nutritional benefit and fun recipes that include the fresh blueberries you’ll find at Muzzarelli Farms.
The purple-blue colored berries we love start in loose, acidic and well-draining soils that get abundant time in the sun. They also need deep watering once a week, at a minimum. The best climate for growing blueberries depends on the variety. In New Jersey, we typically see Rabbiteye and Southern Highbush blueberries, which grow best in warmer climates.
As with most fruits and vegetables, producing blueberries takes time. It is usually in year three that blueberry plants produce a harvest so by the time you’re enjoying them, a local farmer has spent years carefully caring for these plants. About a week after they turn blue, they’re ready for picking!
One reason so many love this fruit is the ultra-low calorie count: 100 grams of blueberries are just 57 calories! Plus, they’re packed with antioxidants. Fresh berries even have small amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin E*.
What are some fun ways to use blueberries? We’ve included links below to fun, summer recipes that call for the fresh berries we’ve written about above!
- Mini Blueberry Tarts
- Cape Cod Blueberry Pie
- Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette
- Layered Blueberry Ice-Pops
If you give them a try, post a photo of the end product and tag us. We’d love to see how you use the blueberries you pick up from Muzzarelli Farms this summer.