The Best of Blueberry Season, Right in Your Kitchen

Last Updated September 27, 2014

Pick seasonal blueberries like a pro.

Blueberry lovers wait all year for peak season, and when it comes, the pressure is on to pick the best berries and use every last one. On average, blueberry season stretches from mid-June to mid-August, depending on the region. But no matter whether you’re picking your own or buying them at the farmers market, look for blueberries with a slight shimmery coating, which helps prevent deterioration, and avoid soft or mushy fruits. Once home, keep them in the refrigerator, unwashed, for up to two weeks. Find more insider picking tips below, then make the most of farm-fresh blueberries with our favorite recipes for compotes, muffins, salads and more.  

The Season's Fleeting

fresh-picked blueberries in bowls
Learn the best time to go blueberry picking, what to bring, and what to do when you get your haul home.

What to Cook Now: Blueberry Schlumpf

If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul. Today: If you can get your hands on wild blueberries, make this. If you...

Blueberry Muffins

These treats are a cross between banana bread and blueberry muffins.

Rainbow Quinoa Salad

Rainbow Quinoa Salad
Chef’s note: This is a great make-ahead recipe that can be easily stored in the refrigerator. Serve at a casual party or pair it with half a gluten-free sandwich for a yummy lunch option.

Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Bread

people hold freshly picked blueberries in big blue bowls
The secret to baking a lemon-blueberry bread without turning the whole thing purple.