We’ve all eaten one. The beyond-shriveled blueberry that manages to infiltrate the carton you picked up at the farmers market, the one you accidentally pop into your mouth with a handful of perfectly ripened berries, the one that has the taste and consistency of something ancient and terrible.
Turns out there is such a thing as a “mummified blueberry,” a USDA-endorsed term that our Farm to School Coordinator Emily Rose stumbled upon while researching product specification guidelines for Georgia school districts. (These mummified berries are a step down from the merely “shriveled.”)
If you want to mega-nerd out on food product specifications, the sky is the limit over on the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s Grading, Certification, and Verification page! (Try saying that 10 times fast!)