Fun Facts About Blueberries

There are many amazing facts about blueberries. Though not as popular as the raisin, they are one of America's favorite fruits.

Blueberries are one of only three fruits native to North America. The other two are cranberries and Concord grapes.

Blueberry Muffin

Blueberry muffins are the most popular muffins in America and are the state muffin of Minnesota.

The popular song “Blueberry Hill” was made famous by Fats Domino, but it was also recorded by Glen Miller, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Andy Williams and many others. The song was often sung by Richie Cunningham in the television show “Happy Days” when he was going on a date or thinking about getting lucky with a girl.

New Jersey's state fruit is the blueberry. It was in New Jersey that the highbush blueberry was first cultivated by Elizabeth White and Frederick Coville. The Whitesbog farm in Pemberton, New Jersey where Elizabeth White worked on the cultivation is now a museum and the home of an annual blueberry festival each year in June.

The month of July is National Blueberry Month in America, and August is National Blueberry Month in Canada. Between June and September there are almost 20 blueberry festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada. One festival is the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival which is held every year on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before the famous Chincoteague Pony Swim on Chincoteague Island, Virginia. The festival features fresh blueberries for sale, blueberry pie, blueberry ice cream as well as blueberry shortcake, pancakes, and muffins.

While blueberries are yummy, they can also be very messy, leaving blue stains on fingers, faces and clothes. To remove blueberry stains from clothing, stretch the stained area over a bowl and pour boiling water through it. A mixture of equal parts vinegar, water and liquid dish soap can also be rubbed into the stain until it is removed. It may take several applications. Blueberry stains can be removed from fingers using plain white vinegar and vigorous scrubbing using a finger brush.

Native Americans were not the only people to use blueberries to stain things. The Shakers used the juice of blueberries to make paint for their houses and furniture, and the early colonists used blueberries to make gray paint. Try boiling blueberries in water for twenty minutes and then strain and use the liquid as a natural Easter egg coloring.

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Whitesbog Village: About
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council: Blueberry Festivals
Chicoteague Blueberry Festival: Welcome to the Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival
State Symbols USA: State Fruit of New Jersey
Song Facts: Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino

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