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Our Guide to Berries

Learn about some of our favorite varieties and how to pick them, plus the tastiest ways to enjoy them.

From strawberries to blackberries, berries add brightness and sweet, juicy flavor to so many foods. Toss them with greens, add them to cakes or pies, or pile them over a bowl of yogurt — the possibilities are endless. While you can them in peak-season during the summer, many varieties are available in our stores throughout the year. Here are a few of our favorite varieties, plus ways to let them shine.

Strawberries

It's the quintessential berry of summer, but you can find them year-round. Strawberries don’t ripen off the vine, so seek out the reddest, most fragrant strawberries you can find. Driscoll’s picks their strawberriesby hand, so they’re perfect for:

Blueberries

Plump and juicy blueberries brighten up mornings and can sweeten so much more than your morning smoothie. To find the freshest, look for a white haze covering the berry. Add to:

  • Fluffy pancakes deserving of a leisurely morning
  • A frosty pitcher of Blueberry Mint Lemonade
  • Your favorite bowl of granola

Raspberries

Sun-ripened to peak sweetness, juicy raspberries are always welcome on a fresh fruit tart or stuffed in French toast with cream cheese. Look for brightly colored and firm raspberries for the best texture and flavor. Serve them:

  • Layered in parfaits with yogurt and toasted pistachios
  • With grilled brie on a festive cheeseboard

Blackberries
Satisfyingly juicy and sweet with complex flavors. Look for dark, shiny berries that are also fragrant. Try adding them to:

  • Blackberry cobbler, topped with crème fraîche
  • A mojito with mint from your garden

Berries are highly perishable, so once you get them home from the store, pop them straight in the fridge. Give berries a quick rinse with cool water just before you eat them — any sooner and you’ll decrease their shelf life.

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