Do Wild Blueberries Need To Be Organic

Q. I buy wild blueberries because I assume they are not treated with pesticides. Am I right about this?

A. Not necessarily. Growers can grow “wild” blueberries for the commercial market and apply pesticides to reduce weeds or insects. (Here, for example, is information from Maine Extension for farmers who want to improve the yield of their wild blueberry crops.

tixag_7) After I posted this blog, there was a lot of reaction. There were people thanking me for the post, and others defending Loblaws and President’s Choice for their packaging standards.

One comment that really stood out to me was the following (you can see it below in the comments section):

Are wild blueberries better?

All blueberries are good for you, but wild blueberries are the best! Wild blueberries are better and more intense than cultivated blueberries (organic or not). Additionally, wild blueberries have a much higher nutritional value than cultivated blueberries, making them a true superfood. They are much higher in antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and other micronutrients than regular or organically grown blueberries. In fact, they contain 4 times more vital antioxidants than cultivated blueberries. You can read more about the difference in our blog post on wild blueberries vs blueberries.

In short, blueberries, and especially wild ones, are an incredible superfood. Due to their unique health benefits, including them in your daily diet is a great decision and an investment in your future health. The easiest way to reap the benefits of wild blueberries is with Arctic Flavors Premium Wild Blueberry Powder. Made from 100% whole wild blueberries grown in the pure forests of Finland, our blueberry powder is one of the safest and most sustainable ways to enjoy blueberries.

Everything you need to know about wild blueberries and a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine.

Wild Blueberry Harvest Tour

Disclosure: The Wild Blueberry Association of North America covered my trip and lodging for this trip to Maine. I was not asked to write or paid to write this message. All the opinions are mine.

What’s crazy about them?

Maybe you never knew there was a “wild” blueberry. Or maybe you knew that, but you assumed they were like the cultured type you usually find at your local grocery store.

The wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), one of only three berries native to North America, differs significantly from the cultivated type (Vaccinium corymbosum) that most people think of when they envision a blueberry. Here are 6 specific differences.

Leave a Comment