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Blueberries and Blackberries


Blueberry Image Blueberries were often called “star berries” by Native Americans because the blossom end of the fruit forms a scar in the form of a star. If you examine a Blueberry, you can see the star that is left after the bloom falls. Some people refer to Blueberries as a “super fruit” because of the many health benefits they provide. Blueberries contain only 80 calories per cup, no fat and offer anti-oxidant properties. They are native to the Unites States where over 90% of the world’s Blueberries are grown. North Carolina ranks 6th in Blueberry production.

We grow several varieties of blueberries and our favorite Rabbiteye blueberry is Premier. This NC State University cultivar arrives early, is easy to pick, and tastes sweet. Several varieties of Southern Highbush blueberries are now in cultivation. Southern Highbush is a cross between a Northern Highbush Blueberry and native Southern Blueberry. Our favorite Southern Highbush Blueberry is called O’Neil. It produces a large, sweet-berry with small seeds and ripens several weeks ahead of Premier. Picking dates for blueberries change each year and normally start in early-June and end early-August.


Blackberry image Blackberries are native to the United States and to North Carolina. Commercial breeding programs designed to produce better blackberry fruit began in the 1930’s and during the period between the 1930 and 1950 a lot of Blackberries called “dewberries” were shipped from NC to other parts of the US. Blackberries are often considered to be a gourmet or specialty fruit item, similar to raspberries. The newer blackberry varieties have a longer storage life than dewberries or the older trailing type blackberry. They have become a popular item in the produce section of the supermarket, where they sell for a premium price.

We grow three patented varieties of blackberries produced by the breeding program at the University of Arkansas. All of these varieties are named in honor of a different Native American tribe. Our varieties are Navaho, Ouachita and Natchez. Our Blackberries are sweet enough to be eaten fresh, but also make excellent pies and jellies. The Navaho variety has very small seeds and keeps well in the refrigerator. All of the varieties we sell are completely thornless. Because the fields are clean and well kept, you will not find any chiggers either! Picking dates for blackberries change each year and typically start mid-June and end in early-August.

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