1. Blueberries and wild blueberries are completely different.
If you’re not from Atlantic Canada, it’s possible you’ve never actually seen a wild blueberry before. According to Peter Rideout, executive director of the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia, the fresh blueberries stocked in grocery stores west of Quebec tend to be cultivated highbush blueberries, which are planted specifically for harvesting. Those cultivated blueberries are larger in size than the lowbush wild blueberries (vaccinium angustifolium) that grow naturally on the rolling hills of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec. There’s also a tremendous difference in flavour profiles, as the smaller wild blueberries tend to have a sweeter, tangier, more intensely “blueberry” taste than their cultivated cousins.
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