Picking and freezing blueberries

Please pick only fully ripe berries. Berries still showing traces of pink or red colour are not ripe and may taste sour. Blueberries do not ripen further after picking. Unripe berries should be left on the bush because then they will turn into ripe berries for you to pick when you bring your friends back in a couple of weeks time.

Your fresh berries should be cooled as soon as possible in the refrigerator where they will last in excellent condition for up to two weeks, if firm, plump and ripe to begin with. We have occasionally had fresh berries last up to four weeks in the refrigerator, but not with children in the house. Unless you are planning to use them fresh within two weeks it is best to freeze them immediately. Fresh frozen berries will maintain much of their freshness and flavour, but if you freeze tired old berries that’s what you get when you thaw them out again.

When putting BLUEBERRY PATCH blueberries in your freezer for the winter, make sure that you use them all up again within twelve months. While they will keep successfully for up to two years provided that your freezer is cold enough, it is far better to make room in your freezer to put away new stocks each season.

Crop Updates via Twitter
  • While the weather stays cool the ripening will be slow. We will update this site more frequently when the fruit starts colouring up.,
  • The blueberry punnets in the supermarkets at present generally come from northern NSW and have lower chill requirements than our varieties.,
  • Our earliest berries should ripen about mid-December. Meanwhile we are planting and repairing recent storm damage to the bird netting.,
  • Sorry, no fruit left to keep shop open. We won't be opening on 11th or 12th, as we had hoped. Let us hope for a better season next summer.,
  • Most bushes have grown well and look lush. This should give us a bigger crop next year, and hopefully less people missing out.,

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