[NAFEX] Blueberries in CA

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Sat May 30 14:15:25 EDT 2009

I believe that Maine is the leading producer of wild blueberries.   
Vast tracts of unselected lowbush blueberry plants are managed and  
harvested for the commercial market.  (Management includes periodic  
burning to reduce competition and importing bees during flowering, as  
well as harvesting.)  Fresh wild blueberries are available for sale in  
many grocery stores here in Massachusetts during the season, and are  
available frozen in my supermarket year round.


On May 30, 2009, at 1:44 PM, John Barbowski wrote:

> Its nice to know that the blueberry industry is flourishing. It is a  
> good tasting and wholesome berry. Unfortunately, it won't find a  
> buyer in me. Call me a blueberry snob if you will, but the taste of  
> cultured berries does not equal those from the wild. (but then, I  
> like black currents so I might be biased). I was raised on wild  
> blueberries; smaller than the cultivated ones, and according to some  
> studies I have read, higher in antioxidant composition. I am in  
> Ontario where the Canadian Shield dominates a good portion of the  
> geography - much of it prime blueberry habitat. My weekend pancakes  
> and crepes wouldn't be the same without a handfull of this elixir!  
> (along with Canadian Maple Syrup).
> While traveling through Maine, I noticed fields and fields of  
> blueberry patches, and then a sign: 'Blueberry Capital of the  
> World'; I'm sure its self-promotion.  But it is interesting that to  
> note that Maine is not in the top three from Ginda's article. The  
> Blueberry is Maine's official fruit.
> jmb
> also see:  http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Blueberry
> On Sat, May 30, 2009 at 7:33 AM, Ginda Fisher <list at ginda.us> wrote:
> "As recently as 1997, California grew only 196 acres of blueberries
> but now it has about 4,500, which are estimated to yield more than 20
> million pounds this season. That's still well short of Michigan, the
> nation's largest producer at 110 million pounds last year. But when
> California's plantings mature, its production may reach 50 million
> pounds, exceeding Oregon's, now the third-largest U.S. producer."
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