Pickled Blueberries with Rosemary Sprigs

July 22, 2014

Author Notes: This easy summer pickle is a smart way to use up on-their-way-out berries. The final result is a jar full of very sweet, pleasantly tart, plump little berries, which you can enjoy on salads, serve alongside cheese spreads, scoop onto seasonal crostini, or use as a substitute for fresh berries in your favorite summer desserts. Angela Brown

Food52 Review: WHO: Angela Brown is a freelance food and lifestyle writer, and the co-owner of Mayhem & Stout sandwich shop in NYC.
WHAT: A makeover for your not-so-hot blueberries.
HOW: Make a brine by boiling together vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, and rosemary. Pour this mixture into a jar filled with blueberries, then start brainstorming creative ways to use these tart, savory treats.
WHY WE LOVE IT: If you think of blueberries as one-dimensional, this recipe will change that. With the help of a sour brine, droopy blueberries morph into tangy, herbal flavor bombs that will make your jams, pies, and shrubs extraordinary.
The Editors

Makes: 1 pint of pickled berries


  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 3 to 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries


  1. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns. and rosemary to a small saucepan and bring to the mixture a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse the blueberries and add them to a clean glass jar.
  3. Then, remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to slightly cool, about five minutes.
  4. Pour the brine over the blueberries, being sure to cover the fruit entirely. Allow everything to cool to room temperature. When kept covered and stored in the refrigerator, the blueberries will keep for about 1 week.

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Reviews (7) Questions (1)

7 Reviews

lisavanin August 9, 2016
Would it be ok to water bath can these?
Katherine July 4, 2016
How are folks using these? Great idea, can't wait. But appetizers? Salad?
Jeff H. August 14, 2015
They are amazing
Rebecca C. August 23, 2014
Anyone made this? How long do they last?
Rebecca C. August 23, 2014
Now I see it!
Sara C. August 15, 2014
What a super cool idea!
savorthis August 15, 2014
These look delicious!