Local strawberries, blueberries and peaches at a farmers market stand. Local strawberries, blueberries and peaches at a farmers market stand.

Fruit & Berries

Nova Scotia grows many healthy and delicious fruits and exports them around the world. Import our fresh, frozen, and organic fruit to eat on their own or enrich the flavours of other products. Modern farming fused with our rich history keeps our fruit safe and sustainable. Wild blueberries are our largest fruit crop. The town of Oxford, Nova Scotia is the wild blueberry capital of Canada.

Apples are a sweet, diverse fruit and our second largest crop. Home to the oldest apple orchards in Canada, the Annapolis Valley’s apples have been growing for close to 400 years. Eat them fresh on their own or you can choose the best flavours for ciders, pies, and more.

You can import many other fruits from Nova Scotia. Strawberries are refreshing and sweet and we also export strawberry nursery plants. Add a healthy splash of flavour with the rich, tart taste of cranberries. Straight from the vineyards, our premium grapes are world-famous and make excellent wines. High bush blueberries, Haskap berries, and raspberries are also cultivated and rich in health properties.

Baskets full of apples


The first apple orchards took root in Nova Scotia almost 400 years ago. They are well-suited to our ideal climate and fertile land. Although time and technology have changed, our love for apples remains. They are healthy, delicious, and remain a classic part of our cuisine.

Nova Scotia is home to the largest grower-owned apple storage and packing facility in Eastern Canada.  We grow 17 unique types such as: Honeycrisp, SweeTango and Ambrosia. Import our apples fresh or enhance other products with their sweetness. From juice, cider, pies, tarts, and sauces, apples are a Nova Scotian staple.  

Freshly cut cantaloupe with exposed seeds


Cantaloupes are a juicy, tasty melon. High in vitamins A and C, they are harvested fresh for export in August and September. 


Wild Blueberries

Wild blueberries are Nova Scotia’s provincial berry. Wild blueberries are juicy, sweet, and high in anthocyanins. They are our largest fruit crop with over 1,000 producers on 40,000 acres of land. Wild blueberries thrive in our climate, cannot be planted, and have grown in North America for thousands of years. Our wild blueberry harvest lasts from August to September. Wild blueberries are mainly exported frozen. They are delicious on their own and also used as ingredients in other food and beverage products.

Strawberry basket with field behind


Our warm days and cool nights make Nova Scotia’s climate perfect for growing vibrant, fresh strawberries. Eat them fresh or add a healthy splash of flavour to other dishes. Strawberries are exported frozen and fresh from June to October. Freeze them for up to a year or use them for jams, smoothies, and more. Our nursery plant industry grows and ships strawberry plants across North America.

Cranberries in a bowl


Cranberries are a tart, red berry. They are native to the wetlands of North America and were first commercially sold in the province in1870. Nova Scotian cranberries are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. They are exported around the world either frozen, fresh, as juice, dried fruit, or preserves.

Bowl of haskap berries on a wooden table

Haskap Berries

Haskap berries are a new crop in Nova Scotia. Their name comes from an ancient Japanese term meaning “berry of long life and good vision”. They are a juicy, sweet, tart berry with a thin blue skin. Haskap berries are excellent in juices, jams, dried. Their flavours add a great twist to ciders and distilled products.

Close up of ripe blueberries on a bush.

Cultivated Blueberries

Like wild blueberries, high bush blueberries have high levels of anthocyanins. These blueberries act as antioxidants and have many health benefits. Import them fresh from August to October.

Juicy green grapes on a vine


Grapes can be exported fresh, but their main use is to make premium Nova Scotian wines. We have used grapes for wine production in our province for hundreds of years. Over the past few decades, our vineyards have grown rapidly in size and number. Today, there are over 70 different kinds of grapes planted in Nova Scotia. 



Raspberries have a vibrant, delightful flavour. They are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and fibre. Nova Scotian raspberries are shipped fresh from July to September. You can also enjoy them frozen or in other forms like jams year-round.

Single blackberry hanging from a branch


Nova Scotian blackberries are sweet, tasty, and a great source of fibre. We export them fresh from July to September. Freeze them, turn them into baked goods, simple syrups, or add value to other products year-round.