Here is our collection of Blueberry trivia and fun facts:
Blueberries are native to the Americas. The U.S. is the world’s largest producer. In 2012, the U.S. harvested 564.4 million pounds of cultivated and wild blueberries.
North America produces nearly 90% of the world’s blueberry production.
Blueberries are the second most important commercial berry crop in the United States. Strawberries is #1.
Maine is the largest producer of blueberries.
Native Americans called blueberries “Star berries”, as the blossom end has five points like a star.
European settlers brought with them a recipe for “Bilberry Muffins”. Bilberries were not to be found in the New World. Wild blueberries were both plentiful and delicious. The wild blueberries were substituted for Bilberries, and the Blueberry Muffin recipe was created.
Early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.
Blueberries were used for paints and dyes.
Blueberries have the highest antioxidant of all fruits and vegetables.
Native Americans held blueberries in high esteem, They believed the “Great Spirit” created blueberries to feed their hungry children during the famine.
Blueberry juice has medicinal value. Among other things, it was used to treat persistent coughs. Also, it improves eyesight.
Blueberries have many health benefits. They improve memory and brain function. They are believed to help combat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It can help to avoid cancers, including colon, liver, ovarian, and breast cancer.
American poet, Robert Frost, loved blueberries. He wrote a poem about them. It was simply called “Blueberries.”
July is National Blueberry Month.
Blueberry muffins are the official state muffin of Minnesota.
Blueberries are the official state fruit of New Jersey.
There are only about 80 calories in a cup of blueberries. But, it is high in fiber.
Freezing blueberries is a cinch. First, pick and wash them. Then, place them in a freezer bag and stick them in the freezer. They thaw in minutes.
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