Maine’s official state berry is the wild blueberry. They are smaller than the cultivated type, and have a more intense flavor. They grow on low bushes and thrive in the rocky coastal fields of the Downeast area. The harvest of these sweet and tangy berries is in full swing now, and it looks like it could be a bumper crop. You can find them everywhere – at the local supermarkets, farmer’s markets, and roadside blueberry stands. I usually by a bunch and freeze them for baking in the winter.
A lot of the local restaurants serve open faced wild blueberry pies this time of year. These differ from the baked version in that they are full of fresh uncooked berries mixed into a blueberry glaze. This is my favorite pie, but I won’t turn down a traditional slice of blueberry pie either.