The Florida blueberry harvest this season is predicted to be a record, about 25 million pounds. Ripening may be a bit delayed due to the early March cold spell, but the extended time on the bush will make the fruit sweeter. Florida is relatively new to blueberry-growing, and DeSoto County has several blueberry farms. Picking will be in full swing by early April. Toward the end of the season, some farms open up for U-pick.
The blueberry is one of the few fruit crops native to North America. Wild blueberries are managed and harvested in Maine and Canada. Florida does have a native blueberry, but the fruit is small and yields are low. Most cultivated blueberries require more cold weather than Florida receives.
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