Blueberry Growing Comes to National Agricultural Library


A note by USDA botanist Frederick Coville describing his pioneering research on domisticating blueberries.

The path to domestication for most of our crops is lost in the mists of agriculture’s 10,000-year history. Blueberries are the exception.

Until 1911, blueberries were picked from the wild, or bushes were dug from the wild that might or might not survive when planted elsewhere. But true domestication—reproduction at the will of a grower and breeding to improve desirable traits—was beyond reach. This makes blueberries among the most recently domesticated crops and one of the few that originated in North America, although they are now grown all over the world.

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