Pronounce it: bloo-ber-ree
Small, round, smooth-skinned and fleshy with tiny seeds, blueberries grow on shrubs on peaty moors and uplands, predominantly in North America and New Zealand. They have a balanced, tart and sweet flavour, although the cultivated type (which is what's mainly available in the UK) has a less intense flavour than the wild variety.
The high levels of phytochemicals, which are thought to help protect against cancer and heart disease, mean blueberries are considered one of the top superfoods for good health.
Choose the best
Look for plump, indigo blueberries of a fairly uniform size, with a slight silvery bloom. If you're buying a punnet, check that the underside isn't stained - that means the lower level of berries has been crushed.
To eat raw or cooked, just rinse and drain.
Unwashed, blueberries will keep for up to a week in the salad drawer of the fridge.
Eat raw with cream; add to the mix for muffins, breads and pancakes or bake in a pie or tart. Cook in a little water with sugar and some lemon zest to make a topping for baked cheesecake.
Can't find it
Try bilberries or raspberries.