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Mississippi Blueberries

Approximately 50% of Mississippi blueberries are sold wholesale through marketing cooperatives. The remaining blueberries are sold on a pick-your-own basis or sold independently through farmers markets, small stores, etc.

There are approximately 2700 acres in blueberry production in Mississippi with the majority of blueberry acreage in the Southern half of the state. Fresh blueberries are available in the market place from May through September with June and July being the peak harvest season.

Blueberries rank above all the berries are an excellent source of antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, iron, folate, potassium, and Vitamins A, C & E. Blueberries can be enjoyed daily fresh or frozen to enjoy year round. For best results when freezing, do not wash the berries.

Freeze them dry in plastic freezer containers. Blueberries will freeze individually and will be easy to use in recipes. Wash them right before using them in your favorite recipes.

Lemon Blueberry Biscuits
2 c. all purpose flour
1/3 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
¼ t. salt
1 – 8oz. carton lemon yogurt
1 egg, lightly beaten
¼ c. butter, melted
1 t. grated lemon peel
1c. fresh or frozen blueberries
Glaze:
½ c. confectioner’s sugar
1 T. lemon juice
½ t. grated lemon peel

In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Mix together yogurt, egg, butter and lemon peel. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries. Drop by T. onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over warm biscuits. Makes about 2 dozen.