The Ecology of Humans (50-6) Blueberry


Blueberries are indigenous to North America, but interest in the blue food has spread globally. The blueberry was long an important food to native Americans. They were first cultivated in 1908, making blueberries the most recent wild fruit to become a commercial crop.

In North America, blueberry season begins in May and ends in late summer. Maine – the largest producer of blueberries in the US – plasters its blueberries with pesticides, creating a badly polluted treat.

Blueberries are rich in vitamins C and K, antioxidants, and manganese.