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Summer is the time to indulge in beautiful fresh fruits in all their forms. Right now soft fruits and berries are in season, including blueberries.

Now, blueberries are one of those fruits that can be a disappointment if you get them out of season. They are delicate and only really rewarding when they are ripe and fresh. The good news is, you can cheat a bit by buying extra now and popping them in the freezer to be savoured on a rainy day.

Blueberries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, making them a great health boost for your summer routine, however you enjoy them.

They are a great addition to smoothies and an integral part of that American classic breakfast: blueberry pancakes.

BBC Food has a simple American Pancake recipe that you can modify by adding a few handfuls of blueberries — or a mix of berries. BBC also has – brilliantly – a vegan American Pancake recipe that has just six ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, sea salt, non-dairy milk and salt, plus oil for frying.

It’s so simple, there’s no excuse not to try it!

Share your favourite blueberry recipes in the comments.