Blueberries: The True Blue Fruit

Blueberries: The True Blue Fruit
Blueberries are a colorful, delicious and nutritious fruit. In terms
of acreage harvested, Georgia
ranks 3rd in the U.S. with 6,000
acres. We rank 5th with 26 million
lbs. in utilized production behind
Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon,
and North Carolina, according to
a USDA report. Blueberries are
native to North America and are
the only truly blue foods on earth.
Their nutrient value includes vitamins A and C, antioxidants, folic
acid, ellagic acid and dietary fiber.
They can be eaten raw; made into
jams, jellies and juices; or cooked
in foods. Blueberries are harvested
in Georgia from late May through
about mid-July. There are many
pick-your-own operations around
Georgia, but the commercially
grown blueberries are primarily
found in the southern part of the
state. Match the words with the
phrases to learn more about the
True Blue Fruit and then find the
words on the Word Search.
1. Early American colonists made gray paint by boiling blueberries in this.
2. Blueberries
were
sometimes called this because
of the star shape on the bottom of the fruit.
3. This country ranks 1st
in the world in blueberry production.
4. This state ranks 1st in
the U.S. with 16,800 harvested
acres of blueberries.
5. This terminology is
used when you combine harvested acreage and yield,
then subtract the fruit that is
not marketed.
6. The Georgia blueberry
industry is concentrated in the
flatwoods of this part of Georgia.
7. This southeast Georgia
city is considered the blueberry capital of Georgia.
8. This blueberry is native
to Georgia.
9. This cultivar is the vari-
ety grown primarily on commercial blueberry operations in Georgia.
10. These are plants whose desirable
characteristics have been deliberately selected and reliably reproduced in plants
under cultivation.
11. Blueberries require soil that is high
in this element for good growth.
12. This maintenance procedure is
used to remove dead or weak branches,
to thin out older branches and encourage
new growth, and to control the height of
the plant.
13. Blueberries are propagated using
this method, rather than planting from
seeds.
14. Blueberries are high in this, which
can help reduce your chances of cancer
and heart disease.
15. The blueberry muffin is the official
muffin of this state.
16. The wild blueberry is the official
fruit of this state.
17. The blueberry is the official fruit of
this state.
18. This month was proclaimed National Blueberry Month.
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Maine
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United States
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Sources:
• www.blueberry.org
• www.uga.edu/fruit/bluberi.htm
• The University of Georgia College of
Environmental & Agricultural Science:
Home Garden: Blueberries
• New Jersey Department of Agriculture:
New Jersey 2005 Fruit Summary
• USDA National Agricultural Statistics
Service
• Georgia Encyclopedia.org
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