Blueberries, and their cousin the cranberry, are the only commercially produced fruit crops that are native to North America. Wild blueberries grow in all regions of the country except in the High Plains and the desert Southwest.

In the early 1900s, Elizabeth White of New Jersey and Fred Coville of the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperated to develop the first hybrid blueberries. Many of their cultivars are still grown commercially today.

Blueberries often are incorrectly called huckleberries. Huckleberries belong to the genus Gaylussacia. Unlike blueberries, they have 10 comparatively large seeds in each berry, which crunch between your teeth when you eat them. Blueberries belong to the genus Vaccinium, and the 20 or more small seeds in each berry are not noticeable when eaten.

The wild lowbush blueberry, Vaccinium angustifolium, is a hardy shrub that usually grows no more than 15 inches tall. Many species of wild blueberry grow naturally throughout the United States. The cultivated blueberry industry is founded on cultivars developed by extensive breeding and selection from the northern highbush blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum, and several related species.

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