17 Aug Wild Maine Blueberries
Wild Maine Blueberries
Wild Maine Blueberries – August is Blueberry Season a time where it is harvest time in Maine. A fun thing to do in with the family harvesting Maine foodie delight to eat now or gather for winter delight. For years, sporting camps serve up blueberry delights as the berries are free, and people love learning about the wild blueberries in Maine.
Blueberries peak season is around mid August in Greenville, Maine. Roadside stands offer fresh blueberries that sell quickly at premium price well worth it packed with nutrition. You can find pick your own farm fields or go out in the woods and look for plants off hiking trails or logging roads as they grow wild in the Maine Woods.
Where to find Wild Blueberry Shrubs
Low shrub Maine Wild Blueberries can be found in fields with open tracts in cut fields along the edges and mountain ridges. A variety of low bush blueberry shrubs intermingle composing of various characteristics in the plants. That is why color, size, and flavors of Maine wild blueberries differ.
Learn How to Grow and Harvest Wild Maine Blueberries
Learn about wild blueberry shrubs and how to nurture them for a better yield. Simple and easy with great rewards.
Blueberry shrubs need to be maintained as other ground vegetation, tree seedlings and tree limbs will eventually take over and shrubs will eventually die. This spring, I made an extra effort to prune back tree limbs, pulling small tree growth working the wild blueberry shrub patch to enable more sun to get a larger harvest of blueberries.
Wild Maine Blueberries
With little effort throughout the summer, the blueberry patch doubled in size. It is now about 30 ft by varying depth of 2 – 4 feet. The shrubs are healthy with abundant berries to pick.
Encourage Bees to Pollinate
In May, I start hardening my flower seeds started indoors to attract bees early. As season goes on, many bees continue to pollinate the beautiful light pink flowers of the blueberry bushes in my yard. Attract native bumblebees with garden blooms as they are great pollinators. Bees love, hollyhocks, coneflowers, zinnias, bee balm just to name a few.
Maine Living Harvesting Blueberries
So far blueberry low bush shrubs have yielded about 3 quarts of wild blueberries. Best to pick as they get ripe, so the plants unripened blueberries will grow bigger. Picking techniques from small rakes to hand picking. Some farms use more advanced methods.
Low bush wild Maine Blueberry plants fruit is now ripe and ready to harvest. Time to get out and get picking as blueberry season is here. The rewards having wild blueberry shrubs are many. For instance, they have twice the antioxidants of regular blueberries.
The blueberries are so small and delicate, I like to pick by hand pruning and weeding at the same time. Pick through and clean, freeze flat on paper plate in ziplock bag. A great recipe for creates a potent antioxidants of from the wild blueberry shrubs.
Picking Blueberries – Wild Blueberry Bush Identification
Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Blueberries
- Eat by the handfuls
- Make a Blueberry Coffee Cake
- Use frozen berries for smoothies
- Fresh berries with plain yogurt drizzle with honey
- Make a blueberry dipping sauce
- Blueberry Pie – easy to make
- Eat in cereal with milk
- Top oatmeal with blueberries drizzle with Maine Maple Syrup
- Blueberry Ice Cream Shake
- Blueberry Pancakes an all time favorite
Article by Heather Davis
The Cozy Moose – Maine Living helping others learn and enjoy the Maine way of life.