• Wild blueberries first were used by Native Americans and commercially harvested in Maine as early as 1840.
• Maine’s blueberry crop is valued at $190 million; its entire economic impact is $250 million.
• 65,149 bee hives were used in 2011 to pollinate blueberry blossoms and most of them were imported to Maine by commercial beekeepers.
• 60,000 acres of blueberries are managed in Maine.
• Since 1980, insecticide use on blueberry fields has decreased by 80 percent.
• 80 percent of Maine’s 83 million pounds of blueberries are processed for the commercial market for use in mixes, fillings and prepared food.
• Blueberries used for processing fetched 60 cents per pound in 2010, compared with 30 cents in 2001.
• Maine grows the most wild blueberries in the world and is the only producer of wild blueberries in the country.
Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Wild Blueberry Association of Maine.