There’s a Lot More to a Berry Than You Thought Slideshow

Driscoll’s and Whole Foods Market share the journey of a berry during a berry farm tour

Strawberry Tasting

Every season, Driscoll’s flavor-tests more than 500 selected varieties. Every Driscoll’s berry must be flavorful, attractive, resistant to disease, and hardy enough to ship fresh to stores. 

Blueberry-Balsamic Glazed Chicken

The sweetness of blueberries and maple syrup blend with the acidity of balsamic vinegar and fragrant rosemary to make a rich sauce for baked chicken. Searing the chicken breasts in the skillet before making the sauce gives it extra flavor.

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Group Shot

Roy Fuentes, Driscoll’s grower for Fuentes Berry Farms, shows the tour group around his organic blackberry farm. 

Strawberry in Field

A strawberry on one of Driscoll’s test plots. Each new berry, like this one, is named by its breeders and then patented. Driscoll’s patented varieties are available only to independent farmers. Today, Driscoll’s berries are grown on five continents and Driscoll’s holds fruit patents and trademarks in 41 counties. 

Strawberry-Lemon Soda

Sunshine, scorching weather, and ice-cold drinks — the perfect ingredients for a great summer. It officially starts June 21, so get ready with this strawberry-lemon soda recipe.

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Bob Flood Strawberries

Whole Foods field inspection team leader Bob Flood inspects some berries. Whole Foods has a small army of specialists like Flood who scout out the best berries to stack on the shelves of Whole Foods Markets. 

Strawberry Salsa

Tart-sweet and pleasantly spicy, this fresh strawberry and green onion salsa is the perfect match for just about anything, including grilled fish and chicken.

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Raspberry Packaging

Driscoll’s packaging goals are to have a complete, superior packaging system for their berries in the right quantities, in the right location, at the right time. 

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

This baby spinach salad is dressed in raspberry vinaigrette and tossed with fresh strawberries, almonds, and creamy goat cheese. What could be more simple and delightful?

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Blackberries at Fuentes Farms

Shown here are plush blackberry bushes planted in Driscoll’s nursery locations, which are carefully selected based on their geographic isolation to keep the berries pest- and disease-free.  

Summer Fruit Hand Pies

Sweet and fruity hand pies dusted with cookie crumbs. Use premade pie crust dough, or make Whole Foods' Classic Pie Crust. If you don't have a 5-inch cookie cutter, use a small bowl or make smaller pies. 

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