About 125 Island producers manage approximately 13,000 acres of wild blueberries and harvested about 18.6 million lbs of wild blueberries in 2020.
Wild Blueberries are a berry fruit that are indigenous to Prince Edward Island, growing wild in some places but also cultivated from cleared forest land or marginal crop land. PEI is one of just a handful of regions in all of North America where low bush wild blueberries grow, along with New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Northern Quebec, Northern Ontario and Maine. Prince Edward Island is the ideal location for wild blueberries to grow because of the level fields and minimal rocks.
Wild blueberries have a higher concentration of antioxidants like anthocyanin compared to cultivated blueberries. The reason why PEI’s wild blueberries are very sweet and tart is because they produce more antioxidants to protect themselves against the cold island winters; so the colder the climate, the more antioxidants the berries will have.
For more information on Wild Blueberries, check out the island industry association: PEI Wild Blueberry Growers Association