July is blueberry month

July is blueberry month

The humble blueberry is a delicious and nutrition addition to almost anything and is native to NJ. NJ’s crop of blueberries is the fifth largest in the nation with most of the production taking place in the Pineland region, where sandy, acidic soils prevail. Among  commercially produced varieties of blueberries, several heirloom descendants are still grown on small farms.  Cultivation of the first commercial blueberry took place in NJ and is credited to Elizabeth Coleman White in 1916. Most cultivated blueberries can be traced back to White’s work.  A recent NY Times article explores the history of the blueberry, and the many varieties that can be found throughout southern NJ. If you are looking to try a locally grown, heritage blueberry, read the full article.