There are several varieties of wild blueberries, including:
1. Lowbush Blueberry: This variety is also known as the Maine blueberry, and it grows in the wild on low bushes. It has a sweet and tangy flavor with a firm texture. These blueberries are small, dark, and have a rich color.
2. Highbush Blueberry: This variety grows on tall bushes and is commonly grown commercially. It has large, plump berries with a sweeter flavor than lowbush blueberries.
3. Half-Highbush Blueberry: As the name suggests, this variety is a hybrid of the lowbush and highbush blueberry. It combines the wild flavor of the lowbush with the size and sweetness of the highbush.
4. Rabbit Eye Blueberry: This variety is native to the southeastern United States and gets its name from the red color of the ripe berries’ interior. Rabbit eye blueberries are larger and heartier than other varieties and have a more subdued flavor.
5. Southern Highbush Blueberry: Developed specifically for warmer climates, southern highbush blueberries have a sweet flavor and are larger than lowbush blueberries. They are generally grown in Florida, Georgia, and other southern states, where the weather conditions are more favorable.
Dr. Sarah Smith is a blueberry expert and author of BlueberryExpert.com. She has been growing and studying blueberries for over 20 years. Her research has focused on the different varieties, growing techniques, and nutritional content of blueberries. She is passionate about helping people to grow their own healthy blueberries and has been a leader in the industry for many years.