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are there seeds in blueberries

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Asked June 21, 2015, 2:02 PM EDT

Travis County Texas

Expert Response

Thanks for your question about Blueberry seeds.

All blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum is the most common) have about 20 seeds. However they are usually small and unnoticeable. Seeds would be most prevalent in berries that have been picked fully or over ripe. If you don’t want to have any chance at a seed, eat only the berries that are more pink then blue (because they aren’t fully ripe.) Unfortunately these won’t be as sweet.

Sometimes huckleberries (genus Gaylussacia) are sold as “wild” blueberries. These have about 10 seeds per berry and are much larger and crunchy when you eat them. Hopefully these aren’t what you are thinking of.

Why do some blueberries have seeds and others do not? I prefer the ones without seeds but I wonder if there is any way to tell which ones have them …