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Breakfast in bed, a play in the park, long lunch with friends, a cool dip in the pool. Think about all the things in life that make you feel good. You can add blueberries to the list.
Share delicious blueberries with your family any time of the day. Enjoy them at breakfast—snack on them after school. After dinner, devour a virtuous dessert of fresh blueberries and yoghurt. Blueberries are able to be enjoyed every day.
Native Americans were the first to discover the delicious berry and had used blueberries as natural flavour, colouring and for medicinal purposes. Blueberries were first cultivated at the start of the 20th century in North America and the colourful berry then made its way to Australian shores in the 1970s.
In 1974, Australia began growing blueberries commercially and the new varieties of blueberries being released has meant a consistent supply of blueberries throughout the year.
Our blueberries are naturally sweet and flavourful, we pride ourselves on not adding any artificial colours or flavours. Driscoll’s Blueberries are grown without the use of irradiation and we use specialised pest management to minimise the use of pesticides.
We grow our blueberries naturally within Australia and they are free of genetic modification.
When selecting blueberries, look for dry, plump berries that are free from bruises or dents. Fresh blueberries have a hazy white coating called ‘bloom’. Bloom, which works like sunscreen to protect the berries from the sun’s rays, is also a sign of freshness. Avoid berries that appear shrivelled or lack bloom.
Blueberries are best stored in the fridge, dry and in their original punnet. When fresh and stored correctly, they should keep for 5-7 days. They can be frozen, but don’t wash them before freezing as their skins may toughen. Blueberries can bruise easily, so it’s best to handle them gently. Leave them in their packaging and in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy them.
Blueberries should only be rinsed right before eating otherwise they may go mouldy or soft. While blueberries are delightful on their own, they can also be added to a variety of sweet and savoury recipes.