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Blueberries are fat-free with only 80 calories per cup. They have more disease-fighting antioxidants than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. They are wonderful for promoting healthy eyes. Recent studies also suggest they may slow down the effects of aging, reduce the build-up of cholesterol and promote urinary tract health by reducing the risk of infection.
The North American Blueberry Council suggests:
Look for fresh blueberries that are firm, dry, plump, smooth-skinned and relatively free from leaves and stems.
Size is not a sign of maturity, but color is. Berries should be a deep purple-blue to blue-black.
Stay away from containers of berries with juice stains; soft, watery fruit; or dehydrated, wrinkled fruit.
Fresh berries should be stored covered, in the refrigerator and washed just before using. Use within 10 days of purchase.
Use berries that are unwashed and completely dry before popping them into the freezer.
Arrange berries in a single layer on a baking sheet; then, when completely frozen, transfer to plastic bags or freezer containers.
Wash just before using.
Properly stored, frozen blueberries should last up to two years.