Happy 100th Birthday, Blueberry!

Happy 100th Birthday, Blueberry!

Happy 100th Birthday, Blueberry! It was 100 years ago in 1916 that the first major blueberry crop went to market, thanks in large part to Elizabeth Coleman White (a.k.a. The Blueberry Queen). Ms. White was intrigued by the delicious wild berry growing in Burlington County, New Jersey in the early 1900s. She decided to dedicate her

May 26 is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

Today, Thursday, May 26 is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day. The earliest known cheesecake was documented by the Greeks nearly 2500 years ago, with today's versions being slightly different. Add a bunch of blueberries, and this already delicious dessert becomes nothing short of spectacular! Below you will find two recipes for blueberry cheesecake that will delight your

U of F Researchers Try to Produce Perfect Blueberry

In an effort to create the perfect blueberry, researchers at The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) have been hoping to find out exactly what people want when they purchase them. As part of a three-year study led by Jim Olmstead, UF/IFAS associate professor of horticultural sciences, early surveys from last

The First Harvesting of Blueberries Over a Century Ago

All crops found in orchards and farmlands throughout the country were once just wild plants gathered by our ancestors. The blueberry is no exception. The first formal farming and harvesting of blueberries happened in New Jersey over a century ago. Elizabeth White, the oldest daughter of a Quaker landowner, was 39 years old in 1910

Get Ready for National Blueberry Month in July!

Spring and Summer. This is the perfect time to indulge in everything blueberry from snacks to deserts to drinks to just about anything else you can think of to eat. There are tens of thousands of recipes dedicated to blueberries for every meal imaginable, and there are countless festivals across the country celebrating the delicious,

Fun Facts about Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the most popular berries in the the United States, and they are one of only three berries native to North America. Most people know how delicious they are, and increasing numbers are learning how healthy they are. But did you know…? Blueberries have been around for thousands of years. The darker

UF Innovation is Key to Success in Florida’s Booming Blueberry Market

Florida isn't supposed to be a blueberry state, right? This is what many thought prior to a decade or two ago when growing blueberries was just catching on in the Sunshine State. Florida is known for oranges, strawberries, or maybe even tomatoes, but not blueberries. However, acreage dedicated to blueberries has grown 300% or so