North American Blueberry Council

For more Information, please contact our office at:
North American Blueberry Council (NABC).
80 Iron Point Circle, Suite 114, Folsom, CA 95630

E-mail: info@nabcblues.org
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Blueberry History

The blueberry of the genus Vaccinium, is a native American species. Early settlers cherished the fruit as a staple ingredient in foods and medicines. They incorporated the berries into their diets, eating them fresh off the bush and adding them to soups, stews, and many other foods. North America is the world's leading blueberry producer, accounting for nearly 90% of world production at the present time. The North American harvest runs from mid-April through early October, with peak harvest in July which is also known as National Blueberry Month

The improved Blueberry

n (1K)Efforts in the early 1900's by Elizabeth White and Dr. Frederick Coville to domesticate the wild highbush blueberry resulted in today's cultivated blueberry industry. Their initial breeding work has resulted in the plump, juicy, sweet and easy to pick cultivated blueberry we enjoy today. For more information on their breakthrough go to www.whitesbog.org

For decades Cultivated Blueberries have been improved through natural selection and plant breeding programs to produce an optimal blueberry with desirable flavor, texture and color. Cultivated varieties have been enhanced to offer magnificent plump berries with deep, rich color and a delicious fruity flavor. These plant breeding programs have resulted in the development of superior berries both for the consumer and the food processing industry.

The Cultivated Blueberry Market

Cultivated blueberries are grown in more than 30 states as well as in British Columbia. Nearly half of the cultivated blueberries grown are sold as fresh blueberries. Fresh blueberries are available for nearly eight months of the year from producers across the Untied States and Canada. They are prized by consumers who find them readily available in the produce section.