Have you ever popped a juicy blueberry into your mouth and wondered about this tiny, tasty treat? Blueberries might be small but burst with cool blueberry facts and yummy flavors. From gardens to grocery stores and pies to pancakes, blueberries are a superstar fruit. Ready to dive into a world of blue-tastic fun?
Did you know that blueberries aren’t just blue; they can be purple, deep blue, or even a reddish hue? It’s true!
Read for another fun fact about blueberries? When you pick one up, did you ever notice the powdery, silvery shine on its skin? That’s called “bloom,” and it’s a natural layer that helps protect the berry. So, they’re not just delicious—they’re pretty smart too!
Blueberries are like nature’s candy, but they’re also super healthy. They’re packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Eating blueberries gives your body a mini superhero boost!
But wait, here’s a fun little twist! While most blueberries grow on bushes, there’s a special kind called the “wild blueberry.” These grow close to the ground and are even tinier. Many people think they’re extra tasty because they pack so much flavor into such a small berry.
From their vibrant colors to their health benefits and different types, blueberries are full of surprises. Ready to go on a berry fun adventure? Let’s dive into more blueberry facts!
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Facts About Blueberries
- Blueberries are a healthy, stress-free food.
- Blueberries were called “star fruits” by North American indigenous peoples because of the five-pointed star shape that is formed at the blossom end of the berry.
- The berries should be stored in the refrigerator and will keep fresh for up to 10 days.
- You get fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and potassium in every handful of blueberries.
- The blueberry is one of the only foods that is genuinely naturally blue in color.
- The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) is a collective of blueberry growers, marketers, and exporters based out of California.
- Blueberries are so versatile, they can be used in every meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even dessert.
- The Guinness World Record for the heaviest blueberry ever grown was achieved in Lima, Peru in 2018. The monster blueberry weighed 11.28 g (0.4 oz) and measured 1.35 inches in diameter.
- Choose firm, deep blue-purple blueberries with a silver sheen. Avoid soft berries or unripe berries that are green or red in color
- Highbush blueberries are the more common blueberries you find in grocery stores.
- Peak blueberry season in most of the country runs from mid-June to mid-August. However, Florida blueberries have their peak production season in March and April.
- Blueberry bushes vary in size from 10 centimeters to 13 feet in height!
- Blueberries contain essential vitamins like A and C
- did you know that blueberries prefer to grow in cold climates
- They also grow well in acidic and sandy soil. These tough conditions make blueberries one of the only fruit species native to North America
- A bilberry looks very similar to a blueberry but is not as common and mainly grows in Europe. When Europeans arrived in North America, they replaced all their bilberry recipes with blueberries.
- Blueberries contain iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K.
- During the American Civil War of the 1860s, blueberries were collected and sent to troops in care packages for use as a food staple.
- Blueberries freeze incredibly well. Don’t wash them first, as this removes the waxy “bloom” that protects the berries.
- A single blueberry bush can produce as many as 6,000 blueberries per year.
- One tablespoon of blueberry powder equals ½ cup of fresh blueberries
- More sunshine equals more fruit. Although some blueberries will tolerate shade, it’s not ideal. Good drainage is essential.
- Blueberries can be eaten freshly picked or incorporated into a variety of recipes.
- There are over 150 varieties of blueberries out there
- One large handful (1/2 a cup) of juicy blueberries contains just 44 calories but has 2 grams of dietary fiber and 10% of your daily recommended vitamin C content.
- The silvery sheen (or “bloom”) found on the skin of blueberries is a naturally occurring compound that helps protect the fruit.
- Blueberries are a superfood.
- Blueberries are packed with so many vitamins and healthy nutrients that are really good for you, it’s almost like they are magic!
- The pigment that gives blueberries their distinctive color—called anthocyanin
- British Columbia is the largest highbush blueberry growing region in the world.
- Blueberries are also linked to boosting brain cells and improving mental health and focus.
- Blueberries help to prevent constipation and maintain regularity for a healthy digestive tract because of their fiber content.
- The modern blueberry is a 20th-century invention. Before this time, the only way to enjoy blueberries was to scavenge for them in the wild!
- Blueberries are made up of 85% water
- Blueberries are Canada’s most exported fruit.
- Blueberries are low in calories but high in nutrients
- Blueberries are available fresh, frozen, freeze dried, and in jellies, syrups, and jams.
- Blueberries are nutrient-dense and loaded with antioxidants, making them a welcome addition to oatmeal, salads, smoothies, and desserts.
- Blueberries have been scientifically proven to lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- From the genus Vaccinium, blueberries are related to rhododendrons, azaleas, cranberries, and bilberries.
- Blueberries grow in tough conditions
- Early colonists boiled blueberries in milk and made gray paint out of them.
- Blueberries promote general health and fight numerous diseases and conditions.
- One cup of blueberries provides 24 percent of a person’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.
- One of the most common health benefits of blueberries derives from antioxidants called flavonoids.
- Ten states grow 98 percent of U.S. blueberries: California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington.
- Blueberries were gathered and used by Native Americans for centuries before colonists arrived from Europe.
- Blueberries are known to fight free radicals, improve collagen production, support wound healing and reduce inflammation.
- People have been eating blueberries for more than 13,000 years.
- The blueberry (genus Vaccinium) is one of the only commercially available fruits native to North America.
- The most famous dessert from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, blueberry grunt is similar to a cobbler but made with dumplings of biscuit dough.
- Consumption of blueberries has been linked to health benefits, including a reduced risk of cancer, increased insulin response, a reversal in age-related memory loss, and lower blood pressure.
- Blueberries can improve blood vessel function and blood flow.
- Blueberries decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and mortality.
- Blueberries are one of the only blue foods known to grow in nature
- Not all blueberries are edible. Many varieties are toxic. After biting into a toxic blueberry, the bitterness will tell you it’s not edible.
- Blueberries ranked number one in antioxidant health benefits compared to more than 40 fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Always choose the darkest berries. The deeper the color of blueberry, the richer they are in antioxidants, vitamins, and medicinal perks!
- The anthocyanin present in blueberries is good for eyesight!
- Lowbush blueberries are also called wild blueberries and can be found in the forests of North America.
- Almost 60% of all fruit exported by Canada are lowbush and highbush blueberries.
- Did you know that within the blueberry family, called Ericaceae, there is another berry? It’s called the bilberry.
- Did you know that blueberry bushes can survive natural disasters? Many of the most blueberry-dense places in the world, like California, Washington, and British Columbia, are prone to forest fires.
- July 11: International Blueberry Muffin Day.
- July: National Blueberry Month. July 8th: National Blueberry Day.
- April 28th: National Blueberry Pie Day
Do you have even more interesting facts about blueberries? Share them with us in the comments! Also, don’t forget to grab your free blueberry fact cards to add to your collection!
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