If there’s one fruit that can be genuinely called American, it’s the blueberry. The blueberry is a fruit that is native to the Americas. The taste of the blueberry is somewhat of a cross between a red grape and a green grape, only much sweeter and juicier. The United States is the world’s leading blueberry producer, producing over half of the world’s blueberry supply.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Ericales
- Family: Ericaceae
- Genus: Vaccinium
- Species: Varies
- Binomial name: Varies
- Native Americans used the blueberry as a dye to add colors to fabrics.
- July is considered National Blueberry Month across the United States
- Native Americans believed that the “Great Spirit” created the fruit to feed their hungry children during the lean months.
- Blueberries were also known as star berries due to their blossoms having five points, like that of a star.