Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Blueberry (miinan)

Blueberry is a widely distributed and widespread group of perennial flowering plant with blue or purple berries. They are classified in the section Cyanococcus within the genus VacciniumVaccinium also includes cranberriesbilberrieshuckleberries and Madeira blueberries.[1] Commercial blueberries—both wild (lowbush) and cultivated (highbush)—are all native to North America. The highbush varieties were introduced into Europe during the 1930s.[2]

Blueberries are usually prostrate shrubs that can vary in size from 10 centimeters (4 inches) to 4 meters (13 feet) in height. In commercial production of blueberries, the species with small, pea-size berries growing on low-level bushes are known as “lowbush blueberries” (synonymous with “wild”), while the species with larger berries growing on taller, cultivated bushes are known as “highbush blueberries”. Canada is the leading producer of lowbush blueberries, while the United States produces some 40% of the world supply of highbush blueberries.


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The Blueberry Patch
To First Nations, Blueberries mean so much more than a country food rich in flavor and antioxidants.
The Blueberry patch is where First Nation people from far and wide met and meet year after year,
generation after generation, generation to generation. It provides Country foods, satisfies and provides
for spiritual needs. Over hundreds of years Friendships, love and children are conceived here, born
here cultured and nourished here by parents and grandparents, uncles and aunties. People dance, sing
and give thanks, celebrate and cry here. Culture is passed word by word generation to generation.
Heritage remembered. I know this by the small tear that forms in an elder’s eye at mention of
“blueberry”. It’s a tear of love, longing, remembrance, and joy, a tear of the future and for the future of
past years and for past years


Related Words

blueberry pie
blueberry plant

miinagaawanzh na a blueberry plant[

Vaccinium angustifolium


See also: miinaganzh ni [BL]

miinaganzh ni [BL] a blueberry plant

See also: miinagaawanzh na

blueberry sauce
blueberry sauce
miini-baashkiminasigan ni blueberry sauce