Vaccinium angustifolium – Common Lowbush Blueberries

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Common Lowbush Blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) ripen July-August in Connecticut.
Blueberries are native to New England. There are 9 species of blueberries that grow in New England, 4 of which only grow in Northern New England at higher elevations and 1 of which only grows in coastal wetlands.
Common Lowbush Blueberries can be found in acidic, gritty soil, growing about 1 foot tall. They often grow in mountainous areas, near pine and conifer trees, or in recently burnt soil. Blueberries like a lot of sun.
Blueberries have alternate, blueish green leaves with a glossy finish. The oval leaves grow on woody branches. The blueberries are smaller than cultivated berries and have a 5-pointed crown on one edge.
Blueberries have softer and smaller seeds than huckleberries. Huckleberries will have 10 hard seed-like nutlets inside.
Wild blueberries have 2x the antioxidants of cultivated blueberries. Eating wild blueberries can help to lower cancer risk, slow brain aging, and assist with blood sugar control.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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