13 tasty blueberry recipes for summer

WASHINGTON — While snacking on blueberries by the handful is one way to get your fill of the super fruit, there are numerous ways to incorporate the berries into breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

Click through the gallery below for blueberry recipes for summer.

This Aug. 5, 2013 photo shows blueberry pot stickers in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Blueberry pot stickers

Serve up these dessert dumplings for a low calorie dessert. Instead of a savory filling, you’ll bite into a burst of plump, seasonal berries. Find the recipe here.

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Blueberry vanilla popsicles on a white marble background
Blueberry vanilla popsicles 

You can choose whichever fruit is in season for these three-ingredient pops, but blueberry pairs especially well with vanilla Greek yogurt. Find the recipe here.

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This photo taken Nov. 15, 2009 shows blintzes. The tradition of eating dairy at Hanukkah finds a good place with these lemon and dried blueberry blintzes. They have a creamy ricotta cheese filling inside, providing a tasty way to serve dairy for Hanukkah. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
Blueberry blintz

If you’ve mastered the pancake flip, try your hand at the blintz, an Eastern European crepe stuffed with savories or sweets. This KitchMe recipe calls for a creamy ricotta cheese filling inside. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

In this image taken on July 9, 2012, an economy pound cake served with blueberries, cherries, and strawberries is shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Economy pound cake with fresh berries

Nothing tastes frugal about this rich caked topped with macerated or fresh berries. Find the recipe here. 

(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

In this image taken on April 15, 2013, easy blueberry-peach mousse parfaits are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Blueberry-peach mousse parfaits

Greek Yogurt acts as the pillowy base for all sorts of toppings. Find out how to whip up the airy mousse here.

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Skillet blueberry muffin pancakes

Blueberry muffins that don’t require an oven or muffin tin. Find the recipe here. 

(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This image taken on May 14, 2012 in Concord, N.H. shows a roasted beet tortellini salad with fresh blueberries and soft goat cheese. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Roasted beet tortellini salad

Fresh blueberries, soft goat cheese and tortellini isn’t your standard trio, but the textures and flavors meld together in this pasta summer salad. Find the recipe here.

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This Aug. 3, 2015 photo shows peach blueberry frozen pops in Concord, NH.This easy recipe for peach-blueberry frozen pops is a great way to use some of your frozen fruit stash any time of year. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Peach blueberry frozen pops

Stock up you freezer with seasonal fruits to enjoy these creamy popsicles all year round. Find the recipe here. 

(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This April 21, 2014, photo shows blueberry sorghum spoon bread in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Blueberry sorghum spoon bread

If you’re looking for alternative sweeteners, sorghum is a southern staple that’s seeing the spotlight. It makes the blueberries sing in this spoon bread. Find the recipe here.

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This July 22, 2013 photo shows a recipe for herbed wild rice salad with apricots and blueberries. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Herbed wild rice salad

Pops of fresh blueberries and apricots enhance the tender and nutty flavors of the wild rice. Find the recipe here. 

(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This May 5, 2014 photo shows red, white and blue potato salad in Concord, N.H. Red and purple potatoes, roasted red peppers, cubes of white goat cheese, and several cups of blueberries provide patriotic colors that reflect the spirit of the Fourth of July holiday.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Red, white and blue potato salad

Colorful potatoes, roasted red peppers, cubes of white goat cheese, and several cups of blueberries add splashes of color to this patriotic dish. Find the recipe here.

(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

FILE - This March 26, 2012 file photo shows a plate of pancakes with blueberries and granola mixed in the batter in Concord, N.H. A study of older men found those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of a heart attack than those who ate a morning meal. There's no reason why the results wouldn't apply to other people, too, the Harvard researchers said.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)
Blueberry and granola pancakes

Classic, melt-in-your-mouth pancakes get a crunchy, tangy upgrade with granola and blueberries folded into the batter. Find the recipe here.

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This March 16 2015 photo shows broiled sockeye salmon with blueberries and sweet potatoes in Concord, NH. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead
Broiled sockeye salmon with blueberries and sweet potatoes

Fresh blueberries cut through the buttery richness of the salmon. Serve with baked sweet potatoes for a hearty summer dish.  Find the recipe here.

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This Aug. 5, 2013 photo shows blueberry pot stickers in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Blueberry vanilla popsicles on a white marble background
This photo taken Nov. 15, 2009 shows blintzes. The tradition of eating dairy at Hanukkah finds a good place with these lemon and dried blueberry blintzes. They have a creamy ricotta cheese filling inside, providing a tasty way to serve dairy for Hanukkah. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
In this image taken on July 9, 2012, an economy pound cake served with blueberries, cherries, and strawberries is shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on April 15, 2013, easy blueberry-peach mousse parfaits are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This image taken on May 14, 2012 in Concord, N.H. shows a roasted beet tortellini salad with fresh blueberries and soft goat cheese. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Aug. 3, 2015 photo shows peach blueberry frozen pops in Concord, NH.This easy recipe for peach-blueberry frozen pops is a great way to use some of your frozen fruit stash any time of year. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This April 21, 2014, photo shows blueberry sorghum spoon bread in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This July 22, 2013 photo shows a recipe for herbed wild rice salad with apricots and blueberries. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This May 5, 2014 photo shows red, white and blue potato salad in Concord, N.H. Red and purple potatoes, roasted red peppers, cubes of white goat cheese, and several cups of blueberries provide patriotic colors that reflect the spirit of the Fourth of July holiday.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
FILE - This March 26, 2012 file photo shows a plate of pancakes with blueberries and granola mixed in the batter in Concord, N.H. A study of older men found those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of a heart attack than those who ate a morning meal. There's no reason why the results wouldn't apply to other people, too, the Harvard researchers said.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)
This March 16 2015 photo shows broiled sockeye salmon with blueberries and sweet potatoes in Concord, NH. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead

About blueberries

Known as a “super food” for its health benefits, blueberry season in North American typically runs through June and July. A cup of blueberries is about 80 calories and has around 3.6 grams of fiber, according to The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. At least 38 states grow blueberries commercially, though just 10 states are responsible for more than 98 percent of production. As a relatively easy fruit to grow, harvest and freeze, blueberries can be incorporated into your diet all year round.

Choosing the best blueberries

Select the blueberries that are completely blue, with no tinge of red, said Peggy Trowbridge Filippone on The Spruce. Blueberries do not ripen after they are harvested, so they should be ripe upon purchase. Avoid soft or watery berries; stained or leaking containers may indicate the fruit inside is past its prime.

Storing blueberries

Do not wash blueberries until you’re ready to eat them. After removing any crushed or moldy berries, refrigerate them in a hard, covered container. Freshly-picked berries can keep anywhere between three days to two weeks. However, because blueberries are highly perishable, Filippone recommended consuming them as soon as possible.

Properly frozen blueberries can keep for up to a year. To freeze them, Filippone recommended putting the blueberries in a rigid covered contained, leaving enough space for them to expand. She says not to wash the berries before freezing to prevent the skin from  becoming tough. You should rinse them after thawing.

Health benefits

Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, fiber and copper. They’re rich in antioxidants, which help prevent some damage to cells. Their fiber content helps promote healthy digestion while helping you feel full longer. Studies have shown blueberries can improve short-term memory loss and motor coordination, according to Medical News Today. Various nutrients found in the berries also protect cells against tumor growth, decrease inflammation in the body and may prevent cancerous cells from forming.


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