Selection & Availability
It's important to be familar with the ripening characteristics of blueberries, especially if you pick your own. Some varieties may have fruit that is highly colored, but it still may not be at peak maturity. Blueberries increase in size and improve in flavor for several days after they turn blue. It takes three to six days for them to become fully ripe after turning blue.
You may even buy enough of these to freeze for such delicacies as blueberry muffins later on. Be sure the fruit is plump and firm. Keep refrigerated for up to two weeks, or repackage in suitable freezing bags or containers and freeze immediately without washing.
Fresh, locally grown rabbiteye blueberries are available from late-May through mid-July at Hillcrest Blueberry Farm.
Last Modified: April 1, 2014