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A Boost of Blue

July is National Blueberry Month!

Boost your blueberry knowledge with these fun facts and trivia!


  • Origin Story: Blueberries date back 13,000 years in North America! Native Americans used them for medicinal purposes and flavoring – the first to recognize their versatility and health benefits.
  • Delicious Legacy: Elizabeth White and Frederick Coville, a USDA botanist, produced the first crop of cultivated blueberries at Elizabeth’s family farm, harvesting the first commercial crop in 1916.



  • On the Map: In the U.S., farmers in 26 states produce blueberries commercially. 
  • In the Culture: The blueberry emoji made its debut on keyboards worldwide in 2020!  


Growing Season

  • In the Field: Highbush blueberry bushes can grow up to 12 feet tall, but most peak at about 6 feet. Cultivated properly, they can live up to 30 or even 50 years!
  • In Bloom: Blueberries start as white blossoms that produce berries when fertilized. As they ripen, they go from green to pinkish-red and then silvery-blue. 



  • Always in Season: Blueberries are available year-round thanks to growers in North and South America. It’s always summer somewhere!
  • Stocked Pantries: You can store canned blueberries for 2 years and unopened dried blueberries for 10 years. (But who can wait that long?) 


Health Benefits

  • Heart-Smart: Blueberries are certified as heart-healthy through the American Heart Association® Heart-Check Food Certification Program. 
  • Nutrient Notes: As a good source of dietary fiber, blueberries can help you to feel fuller faster and maintain a healthy weight.


Baking Hacks

  • Baked Treats in Blue: When baking, add a little lemon juice to your mixture to bring out the blue tones in your dish.
  • Polished Presentation: Minimize streaking by gently folding blueberries into your batter at the end of the mix cycle. 
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