Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Blue Heaven

10 minutes worth of picking.

My blueberry crop is pouring in ... POURING!

I walk out every other day and pick a colander like that full of big bluebies.

When a crop is ripening so abundantly, you have to think of things to do with them, although I have to confess, I love them best as they come off the tree.

I just don't think anything we do to them is an improvement over that, but that doesn't mean I don't love blueberry products.

In fact ... I'm thinking I need a good blueberry scone recipe, 'cause I dang well LOVES ME SOME SCONES.

Pictured above is the blueberry pie that Mrs. FC made and took down south to my Uncle Keith.
Uncle Keith flew on B-24's over Europe in World War II so he certainly earned his pie.

So ... the bowl on the left is full of Kashi GO LEAN cereal and about a cup of blueberries. That was breakfast.

Now it's my lunch break and I am eating whole handfuls out of a little blubbermade container as I type.

And ... I'm drinking Superfruit blueberry green tea ... Is it cold in here? ... 'cause I'm turning blue.

I'm one totally antioxidized dude let me tell ya.

Look at those beauties!

How about these?
Those are D cup berries at least.
The video below is a little fly through of my tomato-datil pepper-blueberry patch out back. It's longer than usual, and a little zoomy, so fasten your seat belts.


Caroline said...

I am green, er, blue with ENVY! Blueberries here are about $3 for a little container about the size of what is on your Kashi! Jealous, jealous, jealous.

The Florida Blogger said...

I'm running into the same good problem with my tomatoes.

Deb said...

Mmmm...blueberry scones! I might have a recipe at home.

Anonymous said...

threecollie's younger daughter here..

I've got a scone recipe...
3 cups flour
1/4 sugar
1 tsp baking powder
mixed together then cut in a stick of softened butter
then add milk til it comes together, mixing the milk in with your hand so as not to over work it
add as many of whatever type fruit you want
stick on a cookie sheet and brush with a milk and egg wash
bake at 400 degrees until lightly browned.
I add cinnamon and bake around 350, the recipe is actually for dried fruit but I think fresh would work just as well.

Floridagirl said...

Oooh, beautiful blueberries! I know what you mean about looking for different things to do with them. So much fun, though. Love that cat in the video being consumed by parasitic wasp larvae. What a cool sight! Hopefully, I'll see something like that someday. Actually, I guess what I just wrote sounds a bit macabre, doesn't it?

Sayre said...

My parents' blueberries are about a week away from being ready to be picked. WE CAN'T WAIT!!!!

Very jealous of your garden! Mine is struggling somewhat, but I bought some marigolds today to help with the pests and some insecticidal soap spray. Whatever is attacking my plants is too small for me to see. Frustrating because I don't know who the enemy is!

robin andrea said...

Those are beautiful and lush blueberries. Wow. What a grand blue bounty you have. Do you ever freeze some? We did a few years ago, and in the dead of winter, we'd whip up a batch of blueberry pancakes. Wow, what a delicious reminder of summer.

Doug Taron said...

They look delicious. I'm eying my raspberry fruits beginning to plump up. It will be a couple of weeks before any are ripe.

My word verification is redne. I guess the ck got left off

Dani said...

D cup berries?! ;) Such a man.

Florida Beach Basics said...

I am sooo jealous - Jasper, my mynah bird (died three years ago at age 17 and I still miss him), ate 20 frozen blueberries, quartered and brought to room temperature, daily. I IQF'd and froze 52 pints a year for him, as he hated "boughten" berries - his idea of quality control was to throw the bad ones on the floor. Did not like them unless they had been frozen and thawed. I ate a lot of blueberries when Jasper was around. Ah, the memories. Anyway, your's are gorgeous!

Ericka said...

wow. we're kind of creepin' me out - i'm most of the way through a post regarding my weekend adventures, and sunday's was blueberry picking. we have a wonderful pick your own farm here, and i brought home nearly 7 pounds.

i've made myself sick eating them (and totally don't care), frozen LOTS of them, and have more set aside for muffins. actually, i turned on the computer to search for a good muffin recipe. yum!

love your garden! if only i had sun in my backyard....

ღ Alice ღ ™ said...

Yummy!!!! :)

Thunder Dave said...

Awesome looking berries!
You know that you can make blueberry pancakes and then freeze them in ziplock freezer bags and they last for quite awhile!
I usually freeze them in single servings and then you can reheat them either in the microwave or toaster!

Buford Nature said...

It's a good spring for berries. I ran across the largest, juiciest wild blackberries ever a few weeks ago, mostly the size of my thumb's tip bone. Congrats on your blueberries.

Oh, aren't those really Cherokee beans?

Floridacracker said...

People BUY blueberries? LOL

FL Blogger,
Good problems!

Thanks! I think 3Collie's daughter got me one.

Thanks! That sounds great!

Sounds perfectly normal to me!

It's tough gardening in FL isn't it?
So many pesty's.

We do that for that very purpose!

Truly LOL'ing at that last line.
Too funny.

Alas, my frame of reference suffers from Testosterone sometimes.

Thanks for sharing that. I can imagine how you must miss a bird that was a part of your life for that long.

Great minds think alike.


LOL! I do exactly the same thing.

I know, that's the thing with common names. I've seen this listed under Coral bean and Cherokee bean and alternate between them myself.
Erythrina herbacea no matter which common name you choose.

Kimberly said...

I'm so happy for you, and so sad for me...my blueberries shriveled like there was no tomorrow...bush and all! I don't know what happened?!