Growing blueberries in northern california

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Acai Berry

This previously little-known fruit is enjoying its time in the spotlight thanks to the popular acai bowl. Bitter, rich and mildly sweet, it’s an antioxidant powerhouse. Enjoy it in the morning with this breakfast bowl from Deliciously Ella.

Barberry

If you’ve never had a barberry, you’re missing out. It’s tangy, sour and unique. And with a myriad of impressive health benefits (like diabetes prevention), it’s good for you too. Try them in this unique salad from The Persian Fusion.

Blackberry

Well loved for a reason, the beautiful blackberry is a long-standing summer favorite. Each sour-sweet bite of these treats helps with cancer prevention and better brain function. They’re delicious in this blackberry cheesecake galette from Smitten Kitchen.

Blueberry

These sky-colored gems are sweet, tangy and deserving of the “beauty food” label. Their powerful combination of vitamins and minerals promises both weight loss and anti-aging effects. For a refreshing treat, try the blueberry coconut popsicles from Beaming Baker.

Boysenberry

These deep red-purple fruits are perfect for more than just pies. Pop one or two in your mouth daily for powerful Alzheimer’s and cancer prevention. Or, whip up this easy boysenberry cobbler from Heather Likes Food.

Chokeberry

Don’t be fooled by the scary name! Chokeberries, also known as aronia berries, have an invigorating flavor and are great for lowering blood pressure. Try them in a crunchy oatmeal cookie from Deep Roots at Home.

Cloudberry

These heavenly berries are creamy with a slightly tart finish. They’re also an integral part of a healthy detox routine and can help strengthen your bones. Interested in trying them? Bake this cloudberry cake from The Food Dictator.

Cranberry

The tart and tangy cranberry has long been known for its UTI-fighting health benefits. But did you know that it can also promote healthy gums? Pop a few in your mouth and enjoy the many health benefits! Or, enjoy them in these cranberry orange pancakes from The Roasted Root.

Currant

Headed to the eye doctor a little too often? Try adding currants to your diet! These sweet and earthy fruits are known to improve optical health. For a unique treat, eat them in these blackcurrant cupcakes from The Brunette Baker.

Dewberry

The intensely flavorful dewberry is at once tart and satisfying. It makes a memorable finish to any meal and promotes healthy skin in the process. Try them in this dewberry cobbler from Homesick Texan.

Elderberry

The pleasantly tart and floral elderberry combats allergies and boosts immunity all at the same time. For a delicious after-dinner treat, make this elderberry ice cream from Honest Food.

Goji Berry

Commonly touted as a superfood, the goji berry is super indeed. It’s at once sweet and bitter and can give you a much-needed energy boost. Sample it in these dark chocolate bars courtesy of From the Grapevine.

Gooseberry

Grab a gooseberry next time you want a unique sweet and sour treat. It’ll taste delicious and boost your bone strength. It’s a sure win in this gooseberry cobbler from Oh Lardy.

Huckleberry

This pie-filling favorite has a distinctly woodsy taste. It’s simply delicious in a baked good and it also has antibacterial properties. Try it in a Huckleberry Buckle from Completely Delicious.

Juneberry

Evocative of the summer months, the juneberry is nutty and sweet. It also fights inflammation. For a delicious treat that features juneberries, try the saskatoon berry tart from Chocolate and Zucchini.

Lingonberry

Due to their intense flavor, lingonberries are delicious paired with both sweet and savory dishes. You can also indulge in a second serving of them because they aid in weight loss. For a classic dish, try them in this lingonberry sauce from Tasting Table.

Raspberry

The unique texture and vibrant color of raspberries make them a crowd favorite. They’re also deliciously sweet and can help fight wrinkles. If you’re craving a chocolatey sweet treat, try these raspberry brownies from Live Well Bake Often.

Salmonberry

Perhaps one of the most interesting berries on this list, the salmonberry’s flavor is both herbaceous and floral. It’s the perfect complement to any meal. Plus, it’s been known to lessen stomach pain. Looking for all of the salmonberry’s benefits in a delicious dessert? Try this salmonberry pie from Art of the Pie.

Strawberry

The seedy and sweet strawberry is delicious in everything from jam to muffins. It also fights cancer and boosts immunity. Enjoy it with this the strawberry jam recipe from Moms Need to Know. Or, of course, you could always try some dipped in chocolate.

Tayberry

If you’ve never had a tayberry, now’s the time to try it. It’s pleasingly sweet and bitter. Plus, it’s known to lower cholesterol. Taste it in this tayberry jam recipe from Hitchhiking to Heaven.

Berry Knowledge at Your Fingertips

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All of the berries on this list make an awesome midday snack or after dinner treat. But if you’re craving something fruity, and a little decadent, we have an even better idea. We’re thinking something fresh, juicy and chocolate dipped.

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Last Updated on January 31, 2020

Not only are berries incredibly tasty, but they are also one of those foods universally recognized as healthy.

They are also one of the most nutritious types of fruit.

This article will look at the health benefits of more than 20 different types of berries.

#1. Acai Berry

With a pronunciation of “ah-sah-ee,” acai berries are native to South American rainforests.

Over recent years, they have experienced an explosion in global popularity.

Fresh acai berries are inedible in their whole form, and it is also difficult to source them outside of their home region of sub-tropical Central/South American.

As a result, people usually buy acai berries in powdered form which can be used to make drinks.

Due to their purported antioxidant content, acai berry products are popular with “health food” crowds (1).

However, they command a premium price – are they worth it?

Calories and Macronutrients (Per 3g Serving Acai Powder)

  • Calories: 20
  • Carbohydrate: 1g
  • Fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 0g

Nutrients and Health Benefits

Acai berries contain carotenoids, but in the specified serving sizes of acai powder, this does not represent a significant amount (2).

The supposed benefits of acai powder come from the polyphenol content. In fact, studies show freeze-dried acai powder has an exceptionally high polyphenol count (3, 4).

However, the powder is very expensive, and it’s probably better to eat real berries than 3g of powder.

There are also some questionable marketing campaigns with exaggerated claims that support various acai products.

Key Point: Acai powder may be high in potentially beneficial polyphenols, but it is overly expensive.

#2. Blackberry

Blackberries grow all around the world, and they are among the best-tasting berries too.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Blackberries

  • Calories: 62
  • Carbohydrate: 15g (Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 7g)
  • Fat: 1g
  • Protein: 2g

Blackberries are an excellent source of (5):

  • Vitamin C: 50% RDA
  • Vitamin K1: 36% RDA
  • Manganese: 47% RDA

As with all berries, blackberries also contain various polyphenols.

Blackberries have also shown a significant protective effect against LDL-oxidation, a prominent cardiovascular risk factor, in human intervention studies (6).

For a full guide to blackberries, see here.

Key Point: Blackberries are delicious, full of nutrients and relatively inexpensive – you can also pick wild ones for free.

#3. Black Raspberry

Despite looking similar to blackberries, black raspberries are an altogether different fruit. (7)

Calories and Nutrients Per Cup Black Raspberries

  • Calories: 70
  • Carbohydrate: 16g (Fiber: 8.7g, Sugar: 5.92g)
  • Fat: 0.87g
  • Protein: 1.61g

Black raspberries are a significant source of (8):

  • Vitamin C: 58% RDA

Black raspberries have also demonstrated anti-carcinogenic properties in cell and pre-clinical studies. These studies show that black raspberries have anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, and tumor-suppressive activity (9, 10, 11).

However, it should be noted that pre-clinical trials are very different from studies in the human body.

Like many other berries, black raspberries make a great-tasting combination with a bit of heavy cream.

Key Point: Black raspberries are similar to blackberries and raspberries, but a little different in flavor.

#4. Blueberry

As one of the most common types of berry, almost everyone has heard someone talking about the health benefits of blueberries.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Blueberries

  • Calories: 84
  • Carbohydrate: 21g (Fiber: 4g, Sugar:15g)
  • Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 1g

Compared to the previous berries, blueberries have a higher carbohydrate content and a sweeter taste.

Blueberries provide a reasonable source of (12):

  • Vitamin C: 24% RDA
  • Vitamin K1: 36% RDA
  • Manganese: 25% RDA

In the same fashion as blackberries, some studies suggest that blueberries may exert a protective effect against LDL oxidation (13, 14).

Cell studies also show that blueberries have anti-carcinogenic properties, as well as the ability to improve insulin sensitivity (15, 16, 17).

Blueberries are easy to find, and you can buy them either fresh or frozen. Recently, blueberry wine is also becoming popular.

Regarding their nutritional content, there’s no real difference between the two and frozen blueberries are just as good as fresh (18).

See this guide to wild blueberries for more information.

Key Point: Blueberries are easy to find, reasonably priced, good for you, and they taste delicious.

#5. Boysenberry

Boysenberries are one of the lesser-known berries.

As shown in the picture above, they are similar in appearance to raspberries and blackberries.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Boysenberries

  • Calories: 66
  • Carbohydrate: 16g (Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 9g)
  • Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 1g

Boysenberries contain a good amount of (19):

  • Folate: 21% RDA
  • Manganese: 36% RDA
  • Vitamin K: 13% RDA

Boysenberries may also have some health benefits.

There is little human research on boysenberries. However, animal studies show that boysenberry polyphenols can reduce blood pressure and improve endothelial function (20).

Key Point: Boysenberries are a tasty but slightly lesser known berry.

#6. Chokeberry (Aronia Berries)

Also going by the name of Aronia, chokeberries are one of the most bitter-tasting types of berries.

Additionally, they can have a dry mouth taste due to their high tannin content (21).

However, they do contain a decent amount of beneficial nutrients.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Chokeberries

  • Calories: 66
  • Carbohydrate: 13g (Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 6g)
  • Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 1g

Chokeberries contain a good amount of the following micronutrients (22):

  • Vitamin C: 49% RDA
  • Iron: 11% RDA
  • Vitamin A: 10% RDA

In fact, there are two different types of chokeberries: red and black. The black ones are quite prevalent, but red chokeberries are harder to find.

You can also find lots of Aronia powder supplements, but watch out for exaggerated health claims.

Generally speaking, eating real fruit is likely more beneficial than some powdered product.

Research on chokeberries has demonstrated that:

  • In a randomized controlled trial, “dietary achievable amounts” of chokeberries, equivalent to 75 grams, improved vascular function and gut bacteria composition (23).
  • Cell studies suggest that polyphenols in chokeberries may help strengthen the immune system and have anti-inflammatory mechanisms (24).
  • In animal studies, polyphenols in chokeberries protect against oxidative damage during intense exposure to UV radiation (25).

Key Point: Chokeberries are healthy, but they are not among the tastiest berries.

#7. Cloudberry

Cloudberries are an amber-orange colored fruit with a shape like a cloud.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Cloudberries

  • Calories: 71.5
  • Carbohydrate: 10g
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 3.5g

Cloudberries are a major source of vitamin C (26):

  • Vitamin C: 368% RDA

The best thing about cloudberries might be their unusual appearance, but they are also an impressive source of vitamin C.

Cloudberries are also quite high in protein for a berry.

Regarding their benefits, like other types of berries, cloudberries have been shown to protect against LDL oxidation in cell studies (27).

Key Point: Cloudberries are bright, colorful, and full of vitamin C and polyphenols.

#8. Cranberry

Cranberries are one of the most famous types of berries.

From juice to dried berries, alcohol, and jams, they’re used to make all sorts of different things.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Cranberries

  • Calories: 51
  • Carbohydrate: 13g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Protein: 4g

Cranberries contain a good source of vitamin C (28):

  • Vitamin C: 24% RDA

First of all, cranberries have a slightly sour taste.

As a result of this, many cranberry products contain significant amounts of sugar. For those that wish to buy cranberries without added sugar, be careful to check the label.

Interestingly, cranberry juice is sometimes recommended as a treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs).

However, many of the studies behind these recommendations are industry-sponsored, and most high-quality research fails to find evidence to support these claims. For instance, two systematic reviews of the evidence found little to substantiate the claims that cranberries can prevent UTIs (29, 30).

For a full guide to cranberries, see this guide here.

Key Point: Cranberries are a healthy fruit, but be aware of the additives in some cranberry products. Also, be wary of exaggerated marketing claims from all the cranberry products on the market.

#9. Elderberry

Elderberries are tiny berries that people often use to make tea.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Elderberries

  • Calories: 106
  • Carbohydrate: 26.7g
  • Fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 1g

Elderberries provide an excellent source of the following nutrients (31):

  • Vitamin C: 87% RDA
  • Vitamin A: 17% RDA
  • Vitamin B6: 17% RDA
  • Iron: 13% RDA
  • Potassium: 12% RDA

Generally speaking, most elderberries have a tart and bitter taste.

Because of this, it’s easy to find many sweetened elderberry products such as elderberry tea and jam.

Similar to many other dark berries, elderberries contain flavonoids called anthocyanins which have purported health benefits.

Key Point: Elderberries are a great source of nutrients, but they are not so good for the taste buds.

#10. Goji Berry (Wolfberry)

Growing in prominence over the last decade or so, goji berries are now available almost everywhere, usually as a dried berry.

Also known as ‘wolfberry,’ goji berries are native to East Asia and are traditionally made into a tea in China and Korea.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Goji Berries

  • Calories: 92
  • Carbohydrate: 24g (Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 16g)
  • Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 3g

Goji berries provide an excellent source of the following nutrients (32):

  • Vitamin A: 50% RDA
  • Copper: 28% RDA
  • Selenium: 25% RDA
  • Riboflavin: 21% RDA
  • Iron: 14% RDA

As shown above, goji berries are fairly high in nutrients but as a dried fruit, they also have a higher sugar content than other types of berries.

Goji berries contain the antioxidant zeaxanthin, which may have benefits for our eyesight.

On this note, a recent study showed that 90-day supplementation with goji berries significantly increased blood levels of zeaxanthin levels (33).

What do Goji Berries Taste Like?

On the positive side, goji berries have an enjoyable taste.

Chewy, flavorful, tough, but soft inside… a little sweet and slightly bitter. Goji berries offer a lot of different flavors.

Key Point: While goji berries are not quite the “superfood” that marketing efforts often claim, they are relatively nutritious.

#11. Gooseberry

Gooseberries are a sour, tart berry that grows all over the world.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Gooseberries

  • Calories: 66
  • Carbohydrate: 15g (Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g)
  • Fat: 1g
  • Protein: 1g

Gooseberries provide the following nutrients (34):

  • Manganese: 11% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 69% RDA

Not only is it possible to see fresh gooseberries, but also frozen, canned, and dried ones.

As previously mentioned, they have a very sour taste.

However, they are also a little sweet, especially when fully ripe, which somewhat balances the taste.

See this complete guide to gooseberries for more information.

Key Point: Gooseberries are a tasty-but-sour berry, and they’re an excellent source of vitamin C.

#12. Huckleberry

If you’ve ever seen huckleberries, you’ll note how similar to blueberries they look.

However, the nutrient profile and taste are a little different.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Huckleberries

  • Calories: 55
  • Carbohydrate: 9g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Huckleberries provide some vitamins and minerals, but in non-significant amounts (35).

Like other dark purple fruit, huckleberries are also high in anthocyanin flavonoids (36).

Huckleberries vs. Blueberries: What’s the Difference?

Despite looking the same, huckleberries and blueberries have quite a few differences.

For one thing, blueberries contain more carbohydrate, and thus a higher amount of calories too.

Therefore, the taste is also a little different – with blueberries having a sweeter taste.

While blueberries are usually commercially cultivated, huckleberries are mainly found in the wild. As growers often breed commercial fruit for sweetness, this is likely one of the reasons for the difference in taste.

Key Point: Similar to blueberries in most ways, huckleberries are slightly more tart and contain less sugar.

#13. Lingonberry

Lingonberries are another highly touted berry full of flavonoids, and a range of commercial powders and drinks have sprung up around them.

But is there anything unique about them?

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Lingonberries

  • Calories: 71
  • Carbohydrate: 16.3g (Fiber: 3.7g, Sugar: 8.3g)
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 1g

Lingonberries provide a good source of the following nutrients (37):

  • Vitamin C: 72% RDA

Although lingonberries may contain a good amount of polyphenols, so do real berries, and at a much more economical price too.

We can see another good reason to opt for real fruit in a recent study on lingonberries.

In healthy human volunteers, consuming lingonberries alongside 50 grams of glucose lessened the glycemic (blood glucose) response. However, consuming a lingonberry powder drink with glucose had zero effect (38).

Based on rodent studies, lingonberries may also lead to a healthier gut microbiota and reduced plasma markers of inflammation (39).

Key Point: Like most berries, lingonberries have some evidence of benefit, and they’re a rich source of vitamin C.

#14. Loganberry

While sounding quite similar to lingonberry, loganberries are an altogether different fruit.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Loganberries

  • Calories: 91
  • Carbohydrate: 19g (Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 11g)
  • Fat: 0g
  • Protein: 2g

Loganberries provide the following nutrients (40):

  • Manganese: 92% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 72% RDA
  • Vitamin K: 14% RDA
  • Folate: 10% RDA

The loganberry is a hybrid cross between a raspberry and a blackberry, but it measures slightly longer in length.

Regarding taste, it is also somewhere in between the two.

Apparently, loganberries were accidentally created by a horticulturist in the late 19th century.

The berries can be eaten fresh or used to make various condiments.

Similar to other types of berries, loganberries are high in vitamin C and contain potentially beneficial flavonoids (41).

Key Point: A cross between blackberries and raspberries, loganberries share the traits of these two berries.

#15. Raspberry

As one of the most common berries, raspberries are a popular fruit around the world.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Raspberries

  • Calories: 64
  • Carbohydrate: 15g (Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 5g)
  • Fat: 1g
  • Protein: 1g

Raspberries provide the following nutrients (42):

  • Vitamin C: 54% RDA
  • Manganese: 41% RDA
  • Vitamin K: 12% RDA

As shown above, raspberries have more fiber than they do sugar, as well as a good amount of vitamin C.

(For more fiber-rich fruit, see this guide to fruits high in fiber).

According to a wide range of studies, raspberries may have beneficial effects on human health (43).

Taste wise, raspberries are delicious and make a particularly good match with some fresh cream.

Key Point: Raspberries are one of the world’s favorite berries. They also taste great with cream.

16. Red Mulberry

First, there are two different varieties of mulberries: red and white.

As can be seen, the red kind looks slightly similar to a raspberry but longer and thinner.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Red Mulberries

  • Calories: 66
  • Carbohydrate: 13.7g (Fiber: 2.4g, Sugar: 11.3g)
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 2g

Red mulberries provide the following nutrients (44):

  • Vitamin C: 85% RDA
  • Vitamin K: 14% RDA
  • Iron: 14% RDA

Red mulberries are unfortunately quite rare, so they can be difficult to find.

However, if you have them in your local area, then you can pick your own. Mulberry trees often grow near to housing estates, so maybe you have a mulberry tree near you!

Mulberry trees often contain both different types of berries, so you can collect red and white ones.

Key Point: Mulberries are difficult to find in-store, but they grow in many areas, so see if you can hunt down some wild berries.

17. Salmonberries

There are many interesting types of berries, but salmonberries have a unique orange color which looks impressive.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Salmonberries

  • Calories: 66
  • Carbohydrate: 14g (Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 5g)
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 1g

Salmonberries provide a good source of the following nutrients (45):

  • Manganese: 75% RDA
  • Vitamin K: 25% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 20% RDA
  • Vitamin A: 15% RDA
  • Vitamin E: 10% RDA

Salmonberries have a bright orange color, and the taste is slightly sweet, a tiny bit sour, and very juicy.

It can be difficult to find salmonberries in stores, but many people enjoy picking their own.

Don’t know where to start?

This excellent guide to foraging for salmonberries might help.

Regarding their health benefits, salmonberries are a good source of manganese and vitamins A, C, and K. Additionally, studies suggest that wild salmonberries are an exceptional source of polyphenols (46).

Key Point: Salmonberries are a brilliant bright orange, with a sweet taste and lots of health benefits.

18. Strawberries

As one of the most popular types of berries in the world, not much needs to be said about strawberries.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Strawberries

  • Calories: 48.6
  • Carbohydrate: 11.7g (Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7.4g)
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 1g

Strawberries provide a good source of vitamin C and manganese (47):

  • Vitamin C: 149% RDA
  • Manganese: 29% RDA

Strawberries are one of the biggest berry varieties around.

Fresh strawberries are available almost everywhere, but frozen strawberries are a great option too.

Regarding their potential health benefits, a recent meta-analysis of fourteen clinical trials found that strawberry intake improved several risk factors for cardiovascular disease. These included lowering the rate of LDL oxidation and a decrease in inflammatory markers (48).

Key Point: Strawberries are a very common fruit, but that doesn’t mean they are any less beneficial than newly-popular exotic berries.

19. Tayberry

Tayberries are another species of berry closely related to raspberries.

In fact, they are a cross between raspberries and blackberries (49).

Doesn’t that make them the same as loganberries?

Although they have many similarities, the difference between loganberries and tayberries is the size and sweetness.

Originally loganberries were an unintentional cross-breed, whereas tayberries are specially cultivated for size and a sweet taste.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup Tayberries

  • Calories: 81.77
  • Carbohydrate: 16.7g (Fiber: 9.1g, Sugar: 6.18g)
  • Fat: 0.91g
  • Protein: 1.68g

Like other berries related to raspberries, tayberries are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids.

Key Point: Very similar to loganberries, tayberries belong to the raspberry family and have a sweeter taste.

20. White Mulberry

Unlike the red mulberry which is native to the United States, the white mulberry is a Chinese native berry.

However, it is now widespread in America and slowly displacing the native red mulberry (50)

White mulberries are also on sale in a dried form.

Calories and Macronutrients Per Cup White Mulberries

Calories: 66

Carbohydrate: 13.7g (Fiber: 2.4g, Sugar: 11.3g)

Fat: 0.5g

Protein: 2g

White mulberries provide the following nutrients (51):

  • Vitamin C: 85% RDA
  • Vitamin K: 14% RDA
  • Iron: 14% RDA

White mulberries are high in vitamin C and flavonoids and have an all-around healthy profile.

Also, remember that dried mulberries are much more concentrated than the fresh variety, so you only need a small handful for a serving.

Key Point: Similar to their red relative, white mulberries are a tasty, nutritious berry.

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Final Thoughts

Overall, all berries are an excellent and healthy dietary choice. They are nutrient-dense and (usually) very tasty too.

However, berries are not some miracle ‘superfood’ like celebrity doctors might have you believe.

Which berry is the best?

The answer to that is simply the berry that each individual enjoys the most.

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Common Types Of Blueberries: Best Varieties Of Blueberry For Gardens

Nutritious and delicious, blueberries are a super food you can grow yourself. Before planting your berries though, it’s helpful to learn about the different types of blueberry plants available and which blueberry varieties are suited to your region.

Types of Blueberry Plants

There are five major varieties of blueberry grown in the United States: lowbush, northern highbush, southern highbush, rabbiteye and half-high. Of these, northern highbush blueberry varieties are the most common types of blueberries cultivated throughout the world.

Highbush blueberry varieties are more disease resistant than other blueberry varieties. The highbush cultivars are self-fertile; however, cross pollination by another cultivar ensures the production of larger berries. Choose another blueberry of the same type to ensure the highest yield and size. Rabbiteye and lowbush are not self-fertile. The rabbiteye blueberries need a different rabbiteye cultivar to pollinate and the lowbush varieties can be pollinated by either another lowbush or a highbush cultivar.

Blueberry Bush Varieties

Lowbush blueberry varieties are, as their name suggests, shorter, truer bushes than their highbush counterparts, growing under 1 ½ feet generally. For a bountiful fruit yield, plant more than one cultivar. These types of blueberry bushes need little pruning, although it is recommended to cut the plants back to the ground every 2-3 years. Top Hat is a dwarf, lowbush variety and is used for ornamental landscaping as well as container gardening. Ruby carpet is another lowbush that grows in USDA zones 3-7.

Northern highbush blueberry bush varieties are native to the eastern and northeastern United States. They grow to between 5-9 feet in height. They require the most consistent pruning of the blueberry varieties. A list of highbush cultivars includes:

  • Bluecrop
  • Bluegold
  • Blueray
  • Duke
  • Elliot
  • Hardyblue
  • Jersey
  • Legacy
  • Patriot
  • Rubel

All range in their recommended USDA hardiness zones.

Southern highbush blueberry bush varieties are hybrids of V. corymbosum and a Floridian native, V. darrowii, that can grow between 6-8 feet in height. This variety of blueberry was created to allow for berry production in areas of mild winters, as they require less chilling time to break bud and flower. The bushes blossom in the late winter, so frost will damage production. Therefore, southern highbush varieties are best suited to areas with very mild winters. Some southern highbush cultivars are:

  • Golf Coast
  • Misty
  • Oneal
  • Ozarkblue
  • Sharpblue
  • Sunshine Blue

Rabbiteye blueberries are native to the southeastern United States and grow between 6-10 feet in height. They were created to thrive in areas with long, hot summers. They are more susceptible to winter cold damage than northern highbush blueberries. Many of the older cultivars of this type have thicker skins, more obvious seeds and stone cells. Recommended cultivars include:

  • Brightwell
  • Climax
  • Powderblue
  • Premier
  • Tifblue

Half-high blueberries are a cross between northern highbush and lowbush berries and will tolerate temperatures of 35-45 degrees F. (1 to 7 C.). A medium sized blueberry, the plants grow 3-4 feet tall. They do well container grown. They need less pruning than highbush varieties. Amongst the half-high varieties you will find:

  • Bluegold
  • Friendship
  • Northcountry
  • Northland
  • Northsky
  • Patriot
  • Polaris

Blueberries: The Easiest Fruit to Grow Is Also One of the Healthiest

Blueberries are one the easiest fruit to grow. Here are some of the best blueberry varieties to add to your garden and a few tips for successfully growing blueberries.

In the last six weeks, we’ve stuffed ourselves with berry tarts, muffins, pies, and jams to the point of gluttony! Now it’s time to freeze the bounty for later. (See simple blueberry recipes here.)

Blueberry Varieties

I have ‘Blue Crop,’ ‘Chandler,’ ‘Patriot,’ and ‘Pink Lemonade’ bushes, which are all high-bush blueberries that thrive in cold-winter climates.

Rabbit-eye varieties do best in the southern states.

Look through any catalog or website, and you’ll find information on specific USDA Climate Zones in which different cultivars grow best.

For more information on blueberry varieties, as well as a guide to planting, growing, and harvesting blueberries, see our Blueberry Plant Page.

‘Blue Crop’ blueberries take my frigid winters in stride and produce huge crops in July.

Growing Blueberry Bushes

Growing your own fruit seems overwhelming to even seasoned gardeners. There’s the pruning, endless spraying for disease and insects, and pollination issues. Many popular fruits, like apples, peaches, and pears, can be a pain to raise. But, the healthiest and—in my opinon—one of the tastiest fruits, the blueberry, is simple to grow.


‘Chandler’ is the biggest berry you can grow. Most are as big as a nickel.

You amend the soil, plant the bush, mulch, and water. That’s it! No spraying, no endless pruning, or other maintenance. Most blueberries are self-pollinating, although two different varieties will insure heavy fruit set. In return, you get gorgeous, bell-like flowers in the spring, tasty fruit, and vivid fall foliage in tones of red, rust, and orange that accent your landscape.

Don’t listen to the garden experts with their admonitions about blueberries needing acid soil. Not true! While blueberry bushes do require soil with low pH (about 4.5 to 5.5) that is porous, you don’t have to replace your alkaline or clay soil. Just amend the planting area. What I did was to stake out a 3×9-foot bed for the four bushes I planted. I added a bale of peat and a cup of soil sulfur to the existing alkaline soil.


‘Pink Lemonade’ is new to the market, but its pink berries are just as tasty as blue ones.

Blueberries have shallow root systems and they love moisture. That’s why I added the peat; it, plus the soil sulfur, brought down the pH of the bed from 7.3 to 5.2. Adding soil sulfur every spring keeps the pH in the desirable range. Test the pH before adding sulfur to see if it’s needed.

Thick mulch is a must, also. It insures that the roots stay healthy. I use pine needles from an 80-foot white pine in my yard, and I top them off with another six inches of straw. That foot of mulch insulates roots in winter so they stay frozen; freezing and thawing will kill any root system. And, the mulch keeps soil moist during growing season.

Caring for Blueberry Bushes

Very little pruning is needed, but it should be done in early spring while plants are still dormant. The first two years, the bush’s structure is formed, so specific cuts must be made to spur growth and form fruit buds. After that, spring pruning is a matter of removing dead canes and cleaning up any problems. Each bush only takes me five minutes to prune.

Disease problems are non-existent. Nothing seems to bother plants, except birds pecking the berries as they ripen. Bird netting, a pet cat or dog in the yard, or situating bushes near a house entrance takes care of birds.

Definition for Blueberry:

  • sweet edible dark- blue berries of either low- growing or high- growing blueberry plants

Synonyms for Blueberry:

Blueberry Sentence Examples:

  • The blueberry is nature’s compensation for the ruin of forest fires.
  • I found untold bushes of the blueberry and huckleberry, also enough cranberries in the swamp to supply our own table and sell some.

Holonyms for Blueberry:

  • n.

    • food
      high-bush blueberry, Vaccinium Caespitosum, dwarf bilberry, dwarf blueberry, swamp blueberry, Vaccinium Corymbosum, tall bilberry.
    • plant
      Genus Vaccinium, vaccinium.

Hypernym for Blueberry:

    • plant
      Vaccinium Pallidum, grouse-berry, deerberry, Vaccinium Angustifolium, swamp blueberry, Vaccinium Myrsinites, tall bilberry, dwarf blueberry, sparkleberry, Dryland Blueberry, huckleberry, Vaccinium Arboreum, bog bilberry, Vaccinium Uliginosum Alpinum, Vaccinium Stamineum, evergreen huckleberry, bog whortleberry, low blueberry, rabbiteye, grouseberry, moor berry, evergreen blueberry, low-bush blueberry, whinberry, high-bush blueberry, Vaccinium Caespitosum, Dryland Berry, squaw huckleberry, whortleberry, Rabbiteye Blueberry, dwarf bilberry, Vaccinium Ovatum, Vaccinium Ashei, Viccinium Membranaceum, Vaccinium Scoparium, Vaccinium Corymbosum, Vaccinium Pennsylvanicum, thin-leaved bilberry, mountain blue berry, rabbit-eye blueberry, farkleberry, blaeberry, bilberry, grouse whortleberry, Viccinium Myrtillus.

Hyponym for Blueberry:

    • food
      berry.
    • plant
      bush, shrub.

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