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National Blueberry Day – July 8, 2023

National Blueberry Day is on July 8. We are celebrating this day to spread information about the health benefits of blueberries. The holiday is dedicated to our favorite, tasty, nutrient-packed, fiber-rich, and antioxidant-rich fruit. Blueberries are also loaded with numerous benefits for the health and wellness of our bodies. This tasty fruit is something that we all need on a hot, dry day to keep us feeling refreshed. The delicious, juicy inside of the berry explodes inside our mouths with a tasty flavor that we will always love. So let us enjoy this day by learning more about this fruit and its health benefits.

History of National Blueberry Day

Blueberries are perennial flowering plants native to North America. The berry’s color ranges between blue and purple. The blueberries we see today are relatively new. They were first grown in the 1900s. The wild variety was not possible to feasibly grow and harvest on farms, and people had to pick them up from the wild to enjoy their delicious taste. We have been consuming them in the wild for more than 13,000 years. Native Americans understood the versatility and medicinal benefits of fruit and used them as ingredients in medicines and as flavoring agents in food.

The commercially available blueberry’s origin can be traced back to Elizabeth White and Frederick Coville. They figured out how to grow blueberries and cultivated them on their farm. Thanks to their efforts, it is possible for us to enjoy the tasty treat of blueberries and enjoy their medicinal benefits.

As mentioned before, blueberries offer a wide variety of health benefits. Numerous studies claim that consuming blueberries daily can bring about positive changes in health. It can lower cholesterol levels, promote heart health, reduce D.N.A. damage, fight aging and cancer, improves brain functions, and work against diabetes. The season for cultivating blueberries in North America falls between April and September. We are celebrating Blueberry Day and Blueberry Month during this season.

National Blueberry Day timeline

13,000 Years Ago
Native Americans Consume Blueberries

Native Americans understand the benefits of blueberries and start to consume them.

1911
First Blueberry Cultivation

Elizabeth White, along with Frederick Coville, successfully grows blueberries on their farm.

1916
Commercial Blueberry Crops

Elizabeth White and Frederick Coville's team sells their first commercial blueberry crop.

1930
Blueberry To Europe

Europeans start to cultivate the highbush blueberry varieties.

National Blueberry Day FAQs

Do blueberries help you sleep?

Blueberries can help with sleep deprivation due to stress. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that can help relieve stress and promote a state of calm.

Are blueberries high in sugar?

Blueberries contain around 15 grams of sugar per cup of 148 grams. This is a moderate level. However, they are also full of bioactive compounds which makes them good for health.

How many cups of blueberries should I eat a day?

One cup of blueberries a day can be good for improving cardiovascular health.

National Blueberry Day Activities

  1. Make some blueberry juice

    Blueberry juice is loaded with nutrients and essential minerals. It has various health benefits associated with it. Buy fresh blueberries from your nearest vendor and make juice with them.

  2. Visit a blueberry farm

    Do you have a blueberry farm near you? Then check in with them and visit the farm. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about farming techniques and how to care for blueberry plants. Some farms let you harvest berries on your own. If you happen to have such a farm nearby, grab a bucket and start collecting fresh berries.

  3. Dry some blueberries

    Blueberries can be dried and used in the future. They can be used to give flavor to various dishes and can be consumed as a snack too.

5 Facts About Blueberries That You Should Know

  1. Largest blueberry producers

    The U.S. and Chile are the largest producers of blueberries in the world.

  2. Naturally blue fruit

    Blueberries are one of the only fruits that are naturally blue; this is due to a pigment called anthocyanin.

  3. Blueberry emoji

    By 2020, smartphones around the world have blueberry emojis.

  4. Heart-healthy food

    Blueberries are certified by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy food.

  5. U.S. blueberry production

    The U.S. produces around 40% of the total supply of highbush blueberries.

Why We Love National Blueberry Day

  1. They’re super tasty and super healthy

    Blueberries are tasty as well as healthy. The health benefits are numerous and the taste is just marvelous. Cholesterol, heart health, brain health, immunity, weight loss, etc. It is hard to not like this fruit and the day it is celebrated on.

  2. They are versatile fruits

    Blueberries are versatile fruits. They can be dried, crushed, mixed, and even added as a flavor. It is hard to say no to a fruit that can be used everywhere.

  3. A job provider

    There are thousands of blueberry farms in the U.S. It is a business that supports a lot of people in America alone. We love to dedicate a day to such amazing crops that support a lot of people.

National Blueberry Day dates

YearDateDay
2023July 8Saturday
2024July 8Monday
2025July 8Tuesday
2026July 8Wednesday
2027July 8Thursday

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