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Blueberries

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Blueberry is a shrub fruit crop, cultivated commercially in over 25 countries worldwide. The United States is the largest producer of blueberries, accounting for more than half of the global fruit crop. In last 15 years, blueberry production has more than doubled and the demand keeps increasing. This increase in demand is largely due to numerous health benefits associated with blueberry consumption.  There are four main types of blueberries: Rabbiteye, Northern Highbush, Southern Highbush, and Lowbush. Number of varieties of Southern Highbush blueberries are suitable for growing in Florida, under mild winter conditions. Florida blueberries are harvested in early spring (April-May) making them desirable for an early market window and can compete with blueberries imported from South America and Mexico.