These mighty blues are Michigan’s pride and joy. Fresh Michigan blueberries are available from July to September, and frozen blueberries and blueberry products can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Michigan blueberry facts:
- Michigan leads the nation in growing blueberries and produces more than 30 different varieties
- Michigan blueberries are grown, harvested and processed by 600 family farms
- Michigan blueberry production value was reported at $122.7 million in 2013
- Allegan, Berrien, Muskegon, Ottawa and Van Buren counties comprise the state’s primary blueberry growing region
- In 2013, 47 million pounds of Michigan blueberries were produced for fresh use while 67 million pounds were produced for processing
- Michigan has almost 21,000 acres devoted entirely to blueberries
- Half of the blueberry acreage in Michigan is more than 40 years old, some plantings dating back to the 1930s!
- Michigan yields an average of 5,000 pounds of blueberries per acre
- Blueberries have only 80 calories per cup
- Blueberries have consistently been recognized as the fruit with the highest antioxidant activity
- They are especially high in vitamins A and C
- Blueberries are also a good source of manganese, for bone development, dietary fiber, for heart health, and polyphenols which possess anti-inflammatory properties
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