Cuisine Crawl 2 MINS READ

Time to Pick Florida Blueberries!

Time to Pick Florida Blueberries!

Cuisine Crawl 2 MINS READ

If you happen to read the classical 1948 book “Blueberries for Sal” written by Robert McCloskey you will understand the feeling and sentiments of the mother who used to go to Maine countryside with her child in order to pick blueberries. Blueberry picking is a unique experience that will give you a lot of joy and happiness! All you need to do is come to Florida to get the fun started!

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Blueberry Pudding Cake625X(3)Florida has got much fame for its fresh, delicious citrus, fat tomatoes and its juicy, red strawberries. But now, blueberries are entering into this arena as well. Blueberries grew wild in Florida for many centuries, until farmers commercially began cultivating blueberries. Today, after advancements in the food processing and consciousness of healthy eating habits and ingredients, blueberry cultivation in Florida has increased significantly.

BucketBlueberries625X(4)Florida farmers have discovered various ways to bring their blueberries in the market before the farmers of Maine, Michigan and Oregon. There is great influence of the weather in Florida on harvest, which allows farmers to benefit from early spring crop of blueberries.

FarmersMarketBlueberries625X(5)There are various uses of these small, bite-sized blue berries. Various businesses rely on them for their products. You can enjoy them in yogurt, on cereal, in muffins, pancakes, desserts or smoothies. Along with commercial benefits, various health benefits of these berries are clearly known and valued by consumers. Conferring to experts, blueberries can boost memory, reduce cancer risk and improve cardiovascular health. Due to increased awareness of health issues, the production and cultivation of blueberries has increased by manifolds. This year’s harvest is expected to be about 25 million pounds of fresh market blueberries valued at $70 million. That’s a bunch of berries!

So, the time has begun to grab your bucket and pick all the fresh and precious berries. The blueberry picking season in Florida starts in December and lasts until late April.

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