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Old 09-04-2011, 04:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This might seem excessive to some people but I usually check every blueberry to see if it's rotten before I put it in the container I'm going to wash them with. I discard ones that looked damaged or moldy and remove stems from those who still have stems attached. This morning I looked at one and on the top of it I saw a little green caterpillar! I set that blueberry aside with the rotten ones on the table and kept checking other blueberries. In a few minutes, the caterpillar woke up and started moving around. lol So I took that blueberry with the caterpillar on it and threw it into my backyard. I don't know if it had any chance of survival away from its host plant like that but even if not that was a tough little caterpillar, it survived being refrigerated twice (once at the store once at home) lol.

Moral of the story though is I'm glad I check every blueberry.
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This might seem excessive to some people but I usually check every blueberry to see if it's rotten before I put it in the container I'm going to wash them with. I discard ones that looked damaged or moldy and remove stems from those who still have stems attached. This morning I looked at one and on the top of it I saw a little green caterpillar! I set that blueberry aside with the rotten ones on the table and kept checking other blueberries. In a few minutes, the caterpillar woke up and started moving around. lol So I took that blueberry with the caterpillar on it and threw it into my backyard. I don't know if it had any chance of survival away from its host plant like that but even if not that was a tough little caterpillar, it survived being refrigerated twice (once at the store once at home) lol.

Moral of the story though is I'm glad I check every blueberry.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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LOL I not only got a good chuckle out of your story here, Rubystars, but it's also sound advice.
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The best blueberry recipe I know "wash, eat, repeat".
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well other than fattening things like blueberry muffins or blueberry pancakes I don't know a lot of recipes for them. I usually put them fresh into a fruit salad.

I've read if you put them with milk they don't have the full antioxidant benefit, but I think eating them with cereal is still better than not eating them at all.

They would probably be good as an oatmeal topper.
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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That little caterpillar was probably hatched on the end of a blueberry. I go to a U-Pik patch and in the blossom end of some of the blueberries is a tiny little piece of cacoon silk. I say eat those little caterpillars, get some extra protein, and maybe a little fiber from the silk! LOL.
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