Maine Blueberry Facts Maine Blueberry Facts

by Hollie McAfee

Maine is known for its wild blueberries, and since July is National Blueberry Month I decided to research some facts about this formidable little fruit.  Here are some fun facts that I came across.

  • Maine has 60,000 acres of wild blueberries.
  • Maine raises 99% of the wild blueberries grown in the United States.
  • The annual harvest of North American blueberries, if spread out in a single layer, would cover a four-lane highway from Chicago to New York.
  • America’s favorite muffin is blueberry.
  • Blueberries are high in antioxidants, which may help prevent damage caused by cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Early American colonists made gray paint by boiling blueberries in milk.

I love pie, so found this great blueberry pie recipe!

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