• Blueberry Picking Tips

    Date: 2016.03.18 | Category: Blog | Tags:

    A lot of people are growing and picking blueberries these days, and they should be. Blueberries, are after all, one of nature’s best foods, since they are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. If you grow your own blueberries, then you already know the joy of finding all those luscious blue berries in early to mid summer.

    It isn’t difficult to recognize a ripe blueberry. You will know it from its size and deep blue color. If you have your own, you are probably using them fresh, and freezing what you don’t immediately need.

    Blueberry, “pick your own” farms, are good options for picking blueberries as well. If you don’t have the time, or room, to grow your own, picking them yourself is the next best thing, and will save you money. Berries that are already picked, and certainly the ones in the supermarket, are much more expensive. Berry farms, will normally have signs out when the berries are ready to pick, or they will advertise in the local newspaper. Be a good visitor to the farm, don’t damage plants, or pick berries that are not yet ripe.

    Blueberries are some of those fruits that do grow wild in various parts of the country. In fact, they grow over most of the U.S. if you know where to look. Like elderberries and other wild berries, you may find them along the edges of wooded areas, rural rail lines, and along fence rows. Unlike elderberries, which are extremely tiny, they are much easier to spot and pick. If you do happen to run across what you believe to be a blueberry, be sure that it is an actual blueberry before you pick it. This applies to anything you are harvesting in the wild. Have someone who knows their way around harvesting wild fruit check out the plant just to be sure. Of course, it’s never a good idea to wander onto someone’s property in your pursuit. Do find out who owns the land, and ask permission.

    If you live in remote or mountainous areas of the country, you already know that berry picking can be a dangerous past time. Anywhere you pick, be aware of the terrain, the other plants that may well be poisonous, and the wildlife.

    Blueberries are not difficult to pick, and they are well worth the work. One afternoon of picking should give you and your family more than enough to last you throughout the season, and well into the winter months.