The Perfect Time to Harvest Your Blueberries

The Perfect Time to Harvest Your Blueberries


Blueberries are a delicious and healthy fruit that can be enjoyed all year round. These little berries are packed with antioxidants and nutrients, making them a great addition to your diet. However, timing is critical when it comes to harvesting blueberries. Picking them too soon or too late can affect both the quality and quantity of your harvest. In this article, we’ll cover the best time to harvest blueberries for optimal results.

1. Timing is Everything

The perfect time to harvest blueberries will depend on a few factors including your location, weather, and the variety of blueberry plant. In general, blueberries are ready to harvest in the late spring to early summer months. However, it’s important to pay close attention to the ripening of your specific blueberry plants to ensure the best flavor and texture. Here are a few signs that your blueberries are ready to be picked:

  • The blueberries should be deep blue in color and feel firm to the touch.
  • The fruit should come off the bush easily without too much resistance.
  • Listen for a “plump” sound as you pull the berry off the bush.

If your blueberries are still red or green, they are not ready for harvest. It’s crucial to wait until they are fully ripened to enjoy their sweet flavors.

2. The Best Time of Day to Harvest Blueberries

The time of day that you harvest your blueberries can also impact their quality. The best time to pick blueberries is in the morning when they are still cool and the dew has evaporated. This is because the berries are less likely to get damaged or bruised compared to later in the day when the heat and sun can make them softer and more delicate.

It’s also a good idea to avoid harvesting blueberries when they are wet. Wet berries are more likely to rot quickly, which can compromise the quality of your harvest. Plus, wet berries are heavier, which can result in more damage to the plant or fruit.

3. How to Store Freshly Harvested Blueberries

After you’ve harvested your blueberries, it’s essential to store them properly to ensure their longevity. Blueberries are best stored in a cool, dry place. You can leave them on the counter for a day or two, but they’ll last longer if you store them in the fridge or freezer.

To freeze your blueberries, rinse them off and remove any stems or leaves. Lay them out on a sheet pan in a single layer and freeze until firm. Then transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag, making sure to remove any excess air. Frozen blueberries can last for up to six months.


Knowing when to harvest your blueberries and how to store them is essential for getting the best flavor and quality. Waiting until your berries are deep blue, picking in the morning, and storing them in the fridge or freezer will ensure that they last longer and taste delicious. Happy picking!

Dr. Sarah Smith

Dr. Sarah Smith

Dr. Sarah Smith is a blueberry expert and author of She has been growing and studying blueberries for over 20 years. Her research has focused on the different varieties, growing techniques, and nutritional content of blueberries. She is passionate about helping people to grow their own healthy blueberries and has been a leader in the industry for many years.
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