Ever wonder where blueberries grow? You’re not alone! Many people are interested in learning where their produce comes from, and discovering where blueberries grow near you can help you make the most of their year-round availability.
Most of the blueberries you find in the supermarket are highbush blueberries. They are plump, juicy and sweet, with vibrant colors ranging from deep purple-blue to blue-black, and highlighted by a silvery sheen called a bloom.
Dr. Frederick Coville and Elizabeth White first cultivated highbush blueberries in the early 20th Century, and today, dozens of commercial highbush varieties are thriving across the United States, Canada, South America and around the world.
Blueberries in season
Fresh blueberries are now available year-round. You can buy North American blueberries from April through September, and South American blueberries from October through March. The peak season for fresh blueberries in North America runs from mid-June to mid-August, with the earliest harvest in the southern states and west coast and the latest harvest in the northern states and Canada. Learn more about how blueberries grow.
Blueberry growing regions
Blueberry bushes can pop up all over the U.S., and while 38 states grow blueberries commercially, ten states account for more than 98% of U.S. commercial production: California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington. In Canada, British Columbia is the primary producing region for highbush blueberries. In South America Chile is the largest producing country, followed by Argentina, Peru and Uruguay.
More than half of all highbush blueberries are shipped to the fresh market, to keep pace with the ever-increasing demand. The rest are frozen, pureed, concentrated, canned or dried to be used in a wide range of food products, including yogurt, pastries, muffins, cereals and health bars. That way, blueberry goodness is available just about anywhere you look. Watch this video to learn more about where blueberries grow and to see how blueberries travel from farm to table.