Where do California blueberries come from?

Where do California blueberries come from?

Where do California blueberries come from?

Most of California's blueberry acreage is in the San Joaquin Valley, where one grower, Delano-based Munger Farms, has 1,600 acres. Although in summer this is the warmest blueberry-growing area in the world, the plants, with their Florida heritage, do fine.

Do wild blueberries grow in California?

Efforts to cultivate the “wildblueberry began in the early 20th century, but it's only in the last couple decades that locally grown blueberries become a common sight in California's farmers markets. Since the mid-1990s, blueberry production in the state has surged, with around 5,000 acres currently in production.

Why are blueberries so big now?

Most of the blueberries you find in stores have been gentically modified (like most fresh produce in stores). This genetic modification causes the berries to be bigger and juicer than wild blueberries, which have not been genetically modified.

Are blueberries good for you?

Blueberries, an Antioxidant Superfood Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory.

Are there any blueberries native to North America?

Blueberries are one of the few berry plants that are native to North America. History of the Blueberry Blueberries are one of the few fruit species native to North America and have a colorful history dating back to pre-colonial times.

What kind of blueberries grow best in California?

Blueberry Plants in California. Growing blueberries in California can be a challenge even for experienced gardeners. Blueberries grow best in acidic soil, and California's naturally alkaline soil must be amended thoroughly before planting and throughout the season. In Northern California, highbush blueberry (Vaccinum corymbosum) varieties do best.

What kind of plant is the blueberry plant?

The Blueberry: An American Native. Blueberries of the genus Vaccinium are truly a Native American species. These plants are believed to be one of the first edible fruit bearing plants to be discovered by early man after the last ice age.

Which is the largest producer of blueberries in the United States?

According to a 2014 report by US Department of Agriculture, Washington was the nation's largest producer of cultivated (highbush) blueberries with 96.1 million pounds, followed in order of "utilized production" volume by Michigan and Georgia, Oregon, New Jersey, California and North Carolina.

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