Focus on the Blueberries

06 Aug 2014


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BlueberriesBlueberries are light to dark blue-violet in color and grow in Northern America and Europe.  Belonging to the cranberry family, this cousin of the cranberry exists in a number of varieties.  Rich in vitamin C, it contains high levels of antioxidants.

Blueberries can be picked in French forests, particularly in Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comté, from June until mid-October and ideally in the main growing season from mid-August until September.  A “comb” is used to pick the berries without the leaves.  Wild blueberries must be thoroughly washed before being consumed to avoid any risk of echinococcosis.

Plump and evenly sized berries are ideal, avoid those which are wrinkled or which do not have the characteristic jagged hole.

They can be eaten in their natural state, in salads for example, or more commonly in pastries such as the famous Alsatian blueberry tart.  They can also be used for making preserves or jellies, which can be served with poultry or game, and ice creams, sorbets, compotes, syrups or liquors.
Fancy to try Blueberry mini Cheesecakes? Learn how to prepare Blueberry mini Cheesecakes by following Le Cordon Bleu Chefs' recipe.

Institut des Hautes Etudes du Goût, de la Gastronomie et des des Arts de la Table

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