Wild Blueberry Bush
While out for a run this morning I passed a woman off the road picking blueberries. The patch was quite large so after my run I biked back with my camera and a plastic container. It seems early for blueberries but there were lots in this spot that were ripe but there are at least as many that are still green or yellow. I managed to pick at least a quart in less than an hour.
Wild blueberries in Maine as well as the eastern provinces of Canada and also the North Central US and down the east coast to Virginia. These are low bush blueberries.
Blueberries may be cultivated, or they may be picked from semiwild or wild bushes. In North America, the most common cultivated species is V. corymbosum, the northern highbush blueberry. Hybrids of this with other Vaccinium species adapted to southern U.S. climates are known collectively as southern highbush blueberries. So-called "wild" (lowbush) blueberries, smaller than cultivated highbush ones, are prized for their intense color. The lowbush blueberry, V. angustifolium, is found from the Atlantic provinces westward to Quebec and southward to Michigan and West Virginia. In some areas, it produces natural "blueberry barrens", where it is the dominant species covering large areas. Several First Nations communities in Ontario are involved in harvesting wild blueberries.
"Wild" has been adopted as a marketing term for harvests of managed native stands of lowbush blueberries. The bushes are not planted or genetically manipulated, but they are pruned or burned over every two years, and pests are "managed". Maine produces 25% of all blueberries in North America with 24,291 hectares (60,020 acres) under cultivation. Wild blueberry is the official fruit of Maine. [Wikipedia]