Did you know that blueberries are a fruit that has been around for thousands of years? They are one of Native America’s perennials - meaning they regrow every year. Blueberries were once called “star berries” because of the star-shaped formation on their skin that is left from the flower that formed the fruit. There are more than 50 species of blueberries grown!
Long ago, explorers made a note about wild blueberries they discovered on their explorations. Lewis and Clark found that Native Americans in the Northwest Territory smoked wild blueberries to preserve them for the winter months. Early settlers loved the fruit as a staple ingredient in foods and medicines. They ate them fresh off the bush, added them to soups, stews and many other foods. North America (the U.S. and Canada) are the world’s leading blueberry producers and account for over 90% of world production.
Read more about blueberries in today’s Down On The Farm!
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