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July 1st is Polish Blueberry Day!

The blueberry (various species of Vaccinium with bluish fruits, especially the highbush blueberry, V. corymbosum) was until fairly recently only known in its native North America, but its popularity has been growing all over the world. Poland is now the world’s third-largest producer of blueberries, after the United States and Canada, producing 12,731 tonnes.

The tiny delicious berries are so popular in Poland that the country has declared a Polish Blueberry Day (Polski dzień borówki): July 1st, which corresponds to the beginning of the blueberry harvesting season.

Examples of blueberry products from Poland. Photo:

Polish Blueberry Day brings together consumers and growers. Presentations and tastings featuring the qualities of blueberries, fresh fruit and blueberry preserves are held annually in over 600 locations across the country. 

Blueberries have been called a “superfood,” packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, and high in potassium and vitamin C, making them a top choice of doctors and nutritionists. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory … and delicious!

Blueberries have been called a superfood. Photo:

Most of Poland’s blueberry production (as much as 80 percent) is actually exported. Its blueberries are sold to 25 countries on four continents. “The fruit goes to the most demanding markets,” says Dominika Kozarzewska of the Polish Blueberry Promotion Foundation. The United Kingdom is currently the largest importer of Polish blueberries.

Polish blueberries have always had a good reputation for general quality but more especially for their good taste, which is due to the generally good climate and soils within Poland. The combination of cold winters and hot summers is perfect for bringing out the right sugar/acid balance that gives the Polish fruit its unique flavor characteristics. 

The next time you buy blueberries, why not check where they came from? They may well be from Poland!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

3 comments on “July 1st is Polish Blueberry Day!

  1. With all the berries that they can grow there, blueberry seems like an unlikely favorite.
    Watsonville, the Strawberry Capital of the World is just down the coast a bit, yet I still am none too keen on strawberries.

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