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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: polishblueberry.com

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: polishblueberry.com

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. 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 has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening 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 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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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