PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Lowbush Blueberry

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Vaccinium angustifolium / Ericaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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STEEP/TEA

Spring/Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

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sweet

RAW/DRY/COOK

July

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT:  Fruit - sweet pleasant flavour with a slight taste of honey. Largely grown for the canning industry, it is considered to be the best of the lowbush type blueberries. The fruit can be dried and used like raisins. This is the earliest commercially grown blueberry to ripen. A tea is made from the leaves and dried fruits.(1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Blood tonic;  Oxytoxic. A tea made from the leaves has been used as a blood purifier and in the treatment of infant's colic. It has also been used to induce labour and as a tonic after a miscarriage.(1)

        https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1013/blueberry  

        https://draxe.com/health-benefits-blueberries

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: natural dye - https://www.seamwork.com/issues/2016/06/dyeing-fabric-with-fruit

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Vaccinium+angustifolium
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/blueberries-or-huckleberrys-kin (related)
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_angustifolium
  4. https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/vaccinium/angustifolium (good photos)