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History of Blueberries

Blueberries – Celebrating 100 Years

Since the day the first crop of highbush blueberries traveled from farm to table, these little blue dynamos have been helping people lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. It’s a legacy 100 years in the making.

In the early 20th century, people didn’t think blueberries could be domesticated, but Elizabeth White, the daughter of a New Jersey farmer, was determined to grow a flourishing industry for cultivated blueberries. In 1911, she teamed up with USDA botanist Frederick Coville to identify wild plants with the most desirable properties, crossbreed the bushes and create vibrant new blueberry varieties. Coville and White harvested and sold the first commercial crop of blueberries out of Whitesbog, N.J., in 1916. In 2015-2016, we’re commemorating the history of blueberries and the Centennial anniversary of the fruits of their labor.

History of Blueberries Infographic - WEB VERSION

Sources for the History of Blueberries:

U.S. Geological Survey (May 2011)
Whitesbog.org
Agricultural Resource Magazine, May-June 2011

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