Dec. 11, 2021

black highbush blueberry, Vaccinium fuscatum

Highbush? Indeed, these can stand over ten feet tall. These particular flowers were looking me right in the face and waving around in the wind and rain. And that's my excuse for a subpar image. Blueberries have long been a favorite. Back in grade school days we went camping, I met my first blueberries, and I got a TERRIBLE case of hives. Everywhere! Doc Jarret asked if I had eaten anything unusual, and I mentioned blueberries and birch bark. He blamed birch bark, but I knew better. I eat birch all the time. It was the blueberries that were new. Actually, I've eaten both ever since, and there must have been another suspect. Be careful what you nibble out there! Black highbush blueberries are lumped into V. corymbosum by many botanists. Either way, you can scarf them in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, and VT. Polk Co FL, 3/18/16. Heath family, Ericaceae.