Blueberries from Maine

Berries Blueberries Close-Up Dew DropletsMaine is known as one of the most healthful states in the country, and perhaps it has the blueberry, Maine’s official state berry, to thank in large part.
Early settlers also cherished blueberries as a staple ingredient in foods and medicines. The first cultivated highbush blueberries were transplanted in the wild. Highbush berries are larger, growing on bushes that are 4-8 feet tall, and are relatively simple to pick by hand. In the wild, they prefer wet, boggy habitats. The wild lowbush blueberry is usually harvested using a blueberry rake, which was invented by a Mainer, Abijah Tabbut, in 1822.
The wild blueberry holds a special place in Maine’s agricultural history, first being harvested commercially from the 1840s. Both wild and cultivated types are currently thriving industries in the country; Maine produces 99% of all the blueberries in the country, which makes it the single largest producer of blueberries in the USA and the largest producer of wild blueberries in the world. They thrive in the naturally acid, low-fertility lands; cool, moist sea air; and challenging winters; and, since they’re native to Maine, are naturally resistant to many native pests. Several varieties ripen at different times throughout the summer, and will often stay ripe into early autumn. Wild blueberries require minimal management and are sweet and irresistibly delicious.
Nowadays blueberries are one of Maine’s most important agricultural crops, which makes a contribution to the state’s economy to the tune of over $75 million annually. Moreover, because of new knowledge about the health and nutritional benefits of blueberries, there’s an increasing demand for both fresh and processed wild blueberries in the U.S. and abroad.
Based on Allen’s Wild Maine Blueberries,”For great taste and antioxidant power, there is no better option than a daily dose of wild blueberries. 1 half cup of wild blueberries delivers as much antioxidant power as four servings of additional antioxidant fruits and vegetables. And there is more good news: that the FDA has concluded that frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh and may even keep their nutritional value more.”

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