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Department of Defense fresh fruits and vegetables fact sheet for blueberries.

Product Description

Good quality berries should be plump and well-colored. Avoid “weeping” berries or those with shriveled or dry membranes. Stains on the underside of individual pints or cases indicate over ripe berries.

Peak Growing Season

Blueberries are available February to September. Their peak season is from June to September.


Eat fresh in fruit salads or baked in pies.


Wash berries just before serving.


Blueberries should be stored between 31–34 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 90–95 percent. They should be refrigerated upon receiving. Cover berries with plastic and store on higher shelves to prevent absorption of other odors.

Best If Used By

Chilled blueberries will keep in your refrigerator for up to ten days.

Nutrition Facts

Legend: kcal = kilocalorie; g = gram; mg = milligram; RAE = retinol activity equivalent; IU = international unit

A 1/2 cup serving provides:

Calories 42
Protein 0.55 g
Carbohydrate 10.72 g
Fat 0.24 g
Saturated Fat 0.021 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Iron .21 mg
Vitamin C 7.2 mg
Vitamin A 2 RAE
Calcium 4 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g

Source of Information

Questions: Amy Bell | | 916-322-5051 
Last Reviewed: Friday, March 01, 2024
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