Blueberry Bonanza

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Low Bush BlueberriesIf you've never sat in the midst of a patch of blueberry bushes and enjoyed the delicious anticipation of picking wild blueberries, this may not mean much to you. But one of the delights of going to the mountains of New Hampshire for vacation – for me, at least – is picking wild blueberries, freezing them, and bringing them home to become mid-winter blueberry muffins, pies, and cobblers. I know you can get "blueberries" in the grocery store, but to me those factory-farm-grown gigantic puffs are tasteless in comparison to their wild cousins.

Class 6 Town RoadThe real thing grows on bushes that may be knee high (high bush) or only a few inches off the ground (low bush.) Ripe berries hide under the leaves, but turn the branches back and there you find blue/purple treasure.

Near where we vacation is a nature preserve, the Ossipee Pine Barrens. Primary access is off the main road, but a Class 6 Town Road (really an unpaved track) leads off our secondary road into part of the preserve. So one day I took my new walking stick, my bottle of water, camera, and berry bucket, and headed into the quiet of that tree-shaded road. An hour later I came out with my back and knees a little the worse for wear, a few mosquito bites, and my berry bucket holding a bonanza of wild blueberries.Blueberry Bucket

All the time I was wandering and picking, only one other soul appeared – a man on a bicycle who called and waved to me as he went pedaling by. Otherwise, it was just me, the breeze, sunshine, and the blueberries. A perfect vacation day. To be followed by delicious wild  blueberry muffins for New Year's breakfast.



Comments (10)

Cynthia Tilghman, RealtorĀ® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Enough already, you have my mouth watering for one of my Mom's blueberry cobblers top with vanilla ice cream.  Yummmm.

Sep 04, 2008 06:58 AM
Peg Silloway
The Silloway Press - Beaverton, OR

Cynthia, you're right. Mmm... warm cobbler. Great idea. Nothing like Mom's special desserts to take you home.

Sep 04, 2008 01:49 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Nice post. I have never sat in a patch of blueberries. I will look for one.

Sep 06, 2008 10:47 PM
Peg Silloway
The Silloway Press - Beaverton, OR

Gita, wild blueberries are hard to find in our Midatlantic area, I think. If you ever travel to Maine or New Hampshire in late July and August, you will often see people stopped by the side of a road picking berries that grow wild, both blueberries and blackberries. And plenty of roadside stands sell them, too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 07, 2008 02:15 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Yum, If I were there I might have eaten them long before there was time to freeze them. Curious....was that bucket full?

Sep 07, 2008 04:11 AM

Margaret, there's a long tradition of berry picker's privelege, which means that a certain percent of the harvest is sampled on the spot! And yes, over two picking sessions, I more than filled that bucket with enough berries for 6 or 7 batches of muffins plus a large cobbler that I baked for our last evening there.

Sep 07, 2008 04:25 AM
Peg Silloway
The Silloway Press - Beaverton, OR

Hmmm - Active Rain hiccup- that last comment was mine.

Sep 07, 2008 04:30 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Knowing that I would have that privilege.... blueberry picking would be a wonderful experience...and well worth the trip to NH or Maine.

Sep 07, 2008 04:33 AM
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Do you know the first think I did to my rear garden when we moved here in 2005 was plant 6 blueberry bushes.  They are just starting to produce....there is simply nothing better than fresh blueberries!

Sep 11, 2008 09:35 AM
Peg Silloway
The Silloway Press - Beaverton, OR

You are right, Diane. And isn't it nice to know that something that tastes so good is also full of good things - anti-oxidants and such? Of course, once they're in a pie or muffins....well, the berries are good for you, anyway!


Sep 11, 2008 09:41 AM