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You may think these are blueberries in their natural state. They are not. Blueberries in the wild grow on very low bushes in mosquito-infested bogs. In northern Wisconsin, where I was forced to pick them as a child, they ripen on the hottest and most humid days of summer. We would don rain gear, like suits of armor, to avoid becoming mosquito meat, and swelter as the blazing sun turned the head-to-toe plastic into an oven.

The mosquitoes would get us anyway.