Are Blueberries a Stone Fruit? (EXPLAINED)

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Are Blueberries a Stone Fruit?

Blueberries are small blue (or sometimes purple) fruits that grow on either low bushes or high bushes, all of which originate from North American regions. 

The “bushes” that blueberries grow on vary in size, ranging from just 4 inches to as tall as 13 feet.

Known scientifically as Cyanococcus Vaccinium, the classification also includes bilberries, cranberries, huckleberries, and other related berries.

But, let’s get straight to the question at hand: are they blueberries a stone fruit?”

Quick Answer: No, blueberries are not considered stone fruit. The main reason blueberries aren’t stone fruits is that they lack a large enough or hard enough seed (or pit) to be considered a stone. They are also much smaller than most stone fruits, lacking the mass of flesh that fruits like peaches and apricots have.

Are Blueberry Stones Freestone or Clingstone?

Blueberries are neither freestone nor clingstone because their seeds do not qualify as stones. Blueberries are classified as berries (a fleshy-type fruit with lots of seeds, like grapes). In order to be a drupe (or stone fruit) they would need to be larger, have more flesh, and most importantly, have a large and hard enough seed to be considered a stone.

Similar Stone Fruits

  • Cherries, in shape and size, are similar to many varieties of blueberries, with the marked difference of having a stone in the center of the fruit
  • Plums are also somewhat similar to blueberries in that they are similarly colored (blue and purple), they are both round, and may be eaten fresh or dried
  • Prunes are the dried version of plums, which may be eaten as is or used as an ingredient in anything from cakes to oatmeal

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