These mighty blues are Michigan’s pride and joy. Fresh Michigan blueberries are available from July to September, and frozen, dried and juiced blueberries and blueberry products can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Michigan blueberry facts:
- Michigan ranks third in growing blueberries, producing an average of 92 million pounds with more than 30 different varieties
- Michigan blueberries are grown, harvested and processed by 575 family farms
- Michigan blueberry production contributes nearly $132 million to the state’s economy
- More than 50 percent of Michigan blueberries are shipped to the fresh market, with the rest frozen, pureed, concentrated or canned for value-added products
- Allegan, Berrien, Muskegon, Ottawa and Van Buren counties comprise the state’s primary blueberry growing region
- Michigan has more than 20,000 acres devoted entirely to blueberries
- Blueberries have only 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat
- Blueberries have consistently been recognized as the fruit with the highest antioxidant activity
- One serving contains almost 25% of the daily vitamin C requirements
- Blueberries are also a good source of manganese, for bone development, dietary fiber, for heart health, and polyphenols which possess anti-inflammatory properties
For more information, visit the Michigan Blueberry Commission
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