Look for fresh blueberries that are firm, dry, plump and smooth-skinned and relatively free from leaves and stems. Berries should be deep purple-blue to blue-black; reddish berries aren’t ripe, but may be used in cooking.
Summer doesn't feel complete without at least one berry picking trip and a batch of homemade blueberry jam. Eat atop fresh scones or biscuits for maximum enjoyment! —Marisa McClellan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Our local peat bogs are known around the world for their beautiful blueberries," reports Anne Krueger from Richmond, British Columbia. "I can prepare this dessert quick as a wink. It's always a crowd-pleaser at church suppers."