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Did You Know? Blueberry Factoids

By Ryan A. Smith / Photography By Naomi Henry | June 18, 2015
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Emerging research suggests flavonoids found in blueberries may improve

Memory
Learning
Reasoning skills
Decision making
Verbal comprehension
Numerical ability

August 1
Date when Irish people offer baskets of blueberries to their sweethearts to mark Lammas Day, a fertility festival.

Blueberries are good for your
Eyes, cardiovascular system, blood sugar, brain

Blueberries are native to North America

New Jersey
Home of the first commercial crop, in 1916.

They are SUPER
Blueberries are 1 of 10 Super Foods

#2
Rank in U.S. berry consumption (Strawberries are #1)

Anthocyanin
A water-soluble vacuolar pigment that makes blueberries blue

105,600
Number of lined up berries in 1 mile.*
*Estimated

Star berries
The name Native Americans used because the blossom end is a five-pointed star.

20 pounds
How many berries a mature plant may produce

10 states
account for over 98% of U.S. commercial production (in rank order):

Michigan
Oregon
Washington
Georgia
New Jersey
California
North Carolina
Florida
Mississippi
Indiana

24%
The Percent Daily Value of Vitamin C in 1 cup of blueberries

84
The number of calories in 1 cup

6+
Years for a plant to reach full production

13,000
How many years ago botanists estimate blueberries appeared

Article from Edible Ojai & Ventura County at http://edibleventuracounty.ediblecommunities.com/food-thought/did-you-know-blueberry-factoids
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