Philadelphia, PA – New Jersey proudly recognizes the blueberry as its official state fruit. The first cultivated blueberries were harvested by Elizabeth White of Whitesbog in 1916, and her enthusiasm for farming has since transformed the wild blueberry into a vital crop.
New Jersey’s unique soil makes it the perfect place for large berries to flourish, and today, blueberry farming has become big business with farms across the country. All blueberry bushes can be traced back to New Jersey, making it a symbol of innovation and success for the state.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture encourages residents to support local farmers by purchasing their products from farmers' markets or other outlets. Blueberries are a healthy and delicious snack for people of all ages and can be enjoyed in many ways – from jams and pies to smoothies and salads.