Native Americans called them "star berries," because the five point blossoms make a star shape. Blueberry juice was used for medicine, to make pemmican (jerky) and as a dye for textiles and baskets.
Early American colonists made paint by boiling blueberries with milk, sometimes with other herbs to change color to different hues.
Blueberries contain more antioxidants than most other fruits or vegetables and may help prevent damage caused by cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
American poet, Robert Frost, loved blueberries. He wrote a poem about them. You guessed it; the poem was called “Blueberries."
The anthocyanin present in blueberries is good for eyesight.
During the Civil War between the States, blueberries were collected, packaged, and sent to Union troops as a food staple.
Oregon blueberry growers generally do not use pesticides, just sunlight and water.
A 2012 study suggested that eating a serving of blueberries once a week slowed cognitive decline by several years.
The blueberry industry of North America ships over 500 metric tons of fresh berries to Japan each year and over 100 metric tons to Iceland.
The annual harvest of North American blueberries would cover a four lane highway from Chicago to New York if spread out in a single layer.