4. Modern Blueberry Production
Today, the most common variety of blueberry sold in the supermarkets are the “highbush” or “cultivated” blueberries, which grow on tree-sized shrubs that can get as high as fifteen feet tall. The “lowbush,” or wild blueberries, grow on small, ankle-high shrubs (only about one foot tall) and are about one-third the size of the cultivated blueberries. The wild blueberries are preferred by people who like the tangy, complex flavor of sweet and sour. The wild blueberries are from a different species than cultivated blueberries, but are part of the same plant family. Known as the “Caviar of Maine,” wild blueberries grow all over the state and some think they are tastier than the domesticated variety.