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National Blueberry Day

National Blueberry Day is celebrated on July 8 each year. This day helps spread awareness about this amazing fruit.Blueberries are a healthy, stress-free food. You get fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and potassium in every handful of blueberries – at just 80 calories per cup. They're also low in sodium and have virtually no fat.

Blueberries are often called a “superfood.” This small but mighty berry is loaded with nutrients . They may help lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease, improve memory, aid in exercise recovery, and more. Blueberries are sweet, nutritious and wildly popular.

Fun Facts about blueberries? Boring. Blueberry facts? Better…. But how about the most obscure, weird and awesome blueberry facts that you’ve ever heard, scrounged from fruit experts and all the questionable corners of the web? Now that sounds more like it!

1) When Lewis and Clark ventured into the Northwest, they found that Native Americans would smoke their blueberries to preserve them for winter. Delicious.

“Lewis and Clark, while on an expedition found that Indians smoked Wild Blueberries to preserve them for winter use. A meal served to them by the Indians had Wild Blueberries pounded into the meat — which was then smoked and dried.”

2) There are over 50 varieties of blueberries, including Spartan, Herbert, and Patriot. Interestingly, there are five major varieties of blueberry grown in the United States: lowbush, northern highbush, southern highbush, rabbiteye and half-high. Of these, northern highbush blueberry varieties are the most common types of blueberries cultivated throughout the world.

Cornell University has a 50 page guide for Organic Blueberries. There has to be something interesting in there.

“Of all the fruit crops grown in the Northeast, blueberries are perhaps the most amenable to organic production. Pest problems are fewer than with most other fruits, and they preferentially use ammonium nitrogen which is a direct breakdown product of organic nitrogen sources such as manure. Even with these advantages, more research on growing blueberries organically is needed, especially in the area of pest management. This guide attempts to compile the most current information available, but acknowledges that effective means of organic control are not available for some pests. Future revisions to this guide will incorporate new information providing organic growers with a complete set of useful practices to help them achieve success.”

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