Wild blueberries are a native plant in Canada and can be found growing naturally in all provinces
Did you know there are four Canadian provinces where wild blueberries grow most abundantly and are harvested commercially? Discover more below…
The wild blueberry industry has grown steadily in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. Currently, there are over 55000 hectares of wild blueberry fields in production in Canada. This relates to over 300 million pounds of wild blueberries making Canada the majority producer of wild blueberries in the world!
Wild blueberries are a big part of our Canadian history
Canadian Wild Blueberries have played a significant role in the history of Canada. Wild blueberries were a staple food source in the diet of indigenous people. As European settlers began to colonize the land, wild blueberries provided a familiar, inexpensive food source that could be easily harvested. Because of the ease of picking wild blueberries, hiking in the woods in the late summer and early fall to go berry-picking was often a family event for all ages. These delicious wild berries were eaten fresh, and stored for the long winter ahead.
The wild blueberries grew relatively easily on soils on which little else grew. In the provinces where wild blueberries were abundant, it wasn’t long before began an industry began to take root. Today the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec combine in making Canada the majority producer of wild blueberries in the world.
The Wild Blueberry industry in Canada continues to collaborate to ensure Canadians have a clear understanding of the benefits of wild blueberries and where you can find them.