We’ll bet you didn’t know that 2015 is the 100th anniversary of blueberries making their debut on dining tables around the world.
According to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, it took the ingenuity of two agricultural pioneers to build appreciation for these “little blue dynamos” and to create a global commercial market.
“In the early 20th century, people didn’t think blueberries could be domesticated, but Elizabeth White, the daughter of a New Jersey farmer, was determined to grow a flourishing industry for cultivated blueberries. In 1911, she teamed up with USDA botanist Frederick Coville to identify wild plants with the most desirable properties, crossbreed the bushes and create vibrant new blueberry varieties. Coville and White harvested and sold the first commercial crop of blueberries out of Whitesbog, N.J., in 1916.”
So, in 2015-2016, the council is “commemorating the history of blueberries and the centennial anniversary of the fruits of their labor.”
Visit www.blueberrycouncil.org for everything you could ever want to know about blueberries, along with a huge supply of creative recipes that keep these delicious, vitamin-rich, fiber-filled super-berries on your table all day long.