Rabbiteye blueberries are native to Georgia and make up most of our commercial production. In 2008, Georgia ranked 4th in blueberry production by producing 41 million pounds. Georgia has more than 16 thousand acres of blueberries.
Blueberries not only taste great, but they're also a good source of vitamin C, iron and fiber. They're cholesterol-free, sodium-free and an important source of potassium. Best of all, blueberries contain only 80 calories per cup.
Blueberries contain a variety of compounds. These include antioxidants, anthocyanosides, bacterial inhibitors, folic acid, vitamins A and C, carotenoids, ellagic acid and dietary fibers. The significance of their presence and modes of action remain largely unexplored.
Research concludes that the antioxidants in blueberries help protect the body against chronic diseases associated with aging. The folic acid may help guard against cervical cancer and may benefit the fetus during pregnancy. Blueberries, like cranberries, also help prevent urinary tract infections.
Blueberries are harvested in Georgia from late May through mid-July. In Georgia blueberries are grown commercially primarily in the southern part of the state. And some are grown in the north Georgia mountains.
Under good management, blueberry bushes will produce some fruit the second or third year after transplanting. By the sixth year they will yield as much as 2 gallons each. The yield will continue to increase for several years as the plants get larger.
Commercial and Professional Publications
- Commercial Blueberry Inventory and Prospectus, Georgia, 2002
- Southern Highbush Blueberry Marketing and Economics
- Fertilizing Blueberries in Pine Bark Beds
To see a full list of publications, visit the Extension Publications site.
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- Economics of Organic Blueberry Establishment in Georgia
Discusses ways to promote the establishment of an organic blueberry industry in Georgia.
- Impact Statements: Blueberries
Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to blueberries.
- Organic Blueberry Program in Georgia
Organic solutions to fertilization, weed, insect, and disease problems in blueberry production.
- Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium: Blueberries
Newsletters related to the production and marketing of blueberries.
- Suggestions for Organic Blueberry Production in Georgia
Justifies organic production and helps growers switch from conventional production by explaining organic solutions to soil testing, fertilization, pest and disease control.