Blueberry Picking Time In South Jersey

Dated: April 30 2015

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An appreciation of blueberries in Southern NJ. Blueberries grew wild in my back yard. Forty years ago I did not appreciate what I had and long ago those bushes were supplanted with a lawn.

I thought they were so small and it was just easier to buy them at Shop Rite. Now I know that the wild blueberries that grow wild in NJ have…

  • More intense blueberry flavor

  • 2x the antioxidants of regular blueberries

  • Have a variety of natural phytochemicals such as anthocyanin, wild blueberries have twice the antioxidant capacity per serving of regular blueberries.

  • · A growing body of research is establishing blueberries as a potential ally to protect against diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s . This little fruit softens dry skin, and boosts your brain, .

  • This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese

Health Magazine

But in the produce markets bigger is always better. Farmers wanted to cultivate blueberries early in colonial times. But that little berry was hard to change. It was not until Elizabeth White (1871-1954) that the blueberry was first cultivated. As a girl, Elizabeth had enjoyed blueberries from the many wild plants that grew in the NJ Pine Barrens, and she realized that blueberries would be an ideal complement to the farm’s cranberries. Despite many efforts, however, no one had successfully managed to cultivate blueberries anywhere in the U.S. Elizabeth joined forces with Dr. Frederick Coville from the Department of Agriculture, and in 1916 they became the first persons to ever cultivate blueberries. Thanks to Elizabeth’s pioneering efforts, New Jersey is the second-largest producer of blueberries in the U.S.—and blueberries can be grown throughout much of the world. One of the most important blueberry breeding programs has been the USDA-ARS breeding program based in Chatsworth, New Jersey. “The Blueberry Capital of the World” is in Hammonton NJ. http://www.hammontonnj.us/site/

So, if you do not have blueberries that grow in your back yard, a list of pick your own berries can be found at http://www.pickyourown.org/NJse.htm

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