Do Blueberries Have Quercetin? (EXPLAINED)

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Do blueberries have quercetin?

40% of the world’s “highbush blueberries” are grown in the United States. Native to North America, blueberries were consumed by the indigenous peoples of the Americas for millennia before Europeans began colonizing the continent. These are the large berries you usually find in the grocery store. That aside, our question today is, do blueberries have quercetin?

Quick Answer: Yes – Blueberries do contain quercetin. Compared to other similar foods, their quercetin content is high.

Quercetin Content of Blueberries

Blueberries supply 7.67mg of quercetin in a 100g serving. They are also very rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and many antioxidants.

Are Blueberries High in Quercetin?

Compared to other foods, blueberries are very high in quercetin.

Let’s take a look at how they compare to 5 similar foods.

  • Blueberries provide over twice as much quercetin as blackberries.
  • You would need to eat 1744 grams of sour cherries to receive the same quercetin found in 100 grams of blueberries.
  • Bayberries offer 4.36mg/100g, slightly more than half that provided by blueberries.
  • Banana’s quercetin content, yes, they’re a berry, is dwarfed by that provided in blueberries. Bananas 0.06mg vs blueberries 7.67mg per 100 grams.
  • Strawberries only have 1.11mg of quercetin which is 6.56mg less per 100g serving. 

Sources: 

USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods: https://www.ars.usda.gov/arsuserfiles/80400525/data/flav/flav_r03.pdf 

Curious about the top sources of quercetin? We've created this chart of the top 25 quercetin containing sources per 100 grams: [table id=141 /]

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