We’re reveling in the season of blue juice bliss, of stained smiles. It’s blueberry time.
Blueberries are the nation’s second-favorite berry, right behind strawberries, another favorite Florida crop. They taste mild and gently sweet, but they’re antioxidant powerhouses, high in fiber, with only 84 calories a cup. So stock up.
Go for plump almost purple berries with a whisper of dusky lavender, no mauve or green guys.
You might have missed Brooksville’s Florida Blueberry Festival in May, but you can keep the party going — all year. Blueberries freeze beautifully.
Pour berries into a flat, rimmed container, such as a baking sheet, and spread in a single layer. Freeze for several hours or overnight. When berries are frozen solid, store them in an airtight container or resealable bag.
Toss berries — fresh or frozen — into batter for baked treats or into the blender for smoothies for a burst of juicy blue greatness.