ELLENVILLE – What's more American than apple pie? In a word, blueberries.
Blueberries were growing here long before anyone planted the first apple trees. (Apples originate in central Asia and were developed into the fruit we know in western Europe). Indeed, had the Wampanoag Native Americans not shown the early English settlers at Plymouth how to collect blueberries, dry them and keep them for winter, they would've likely starved to death. Various native peoples had gathered blueberries for hundreds of years and in some places the berries were awarded a high status with spiritual aspects. > MORE