[NAFEX] Blueberry Question
Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Tue Jun 12 15:01:27 EDT 2007
I've grown both, too. I think the sweetness, and all flavor
characteristics, are more a function of variety than rabbiteye-vs-northern.
I wouldn't pay any attention to that, in choosing varieties, I'd just look
for the varieties that have the characteristics you want. For some growers,
that could exclude rabbiteye because of their size, for others rabbiteyes
might be the best option due to their happiness with Southern climate, and
lack of pests or disease down south.
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Lucky Pittman
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 11:07 AM
To: Pete; North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Blueberry Question
At 08:16 PM 6/11/2007, you wrote:
>I am curious about the difference between the rabbiteye blueberries of the
>South and the blueberries of the North (Highbush, I think).
I grow both types, as well as some of the Southern highbush types.
The rabbiteye plants grow larger and are more productive than the
northern highbush types, here. The northern highbush types have
sweeter berries - but that may be a function of variety, moreso than
type - my bearing-age rabbiteyes are some that my dad rooted for me,
and I have no idea what variety(I'm pretty sure they're all the same)
they are. I know that in his patch back home, there was significant
difference in fruit size/taste/appearance, as he had at least 4-5
different named selections planted.
I do have some younger rabbiteye varieties planted & growing, but no
For the most part, my current rabbiteyes ripen later than the
northern highbush types, so they extend the season nicely.
>I live in
>south-central MS (Poplarville) and the berries here get big as a small
>marble and are quite good. Has anyone eaten these and the Northern ones and
>will they tell if the taste is different...and how??? We have just finished
>the Blueberry Jamboree here on Sat..... the berries are celebrated here as
>lots of people grow them and they do very well in the area.
>Our ground is very clayey and hi acid.
>Pete Z8 South MS
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