These mighty blues are Michigan’s pride and joy. Frozen, dried and juiced blueberries and blueberry products can be enjoyed throughout the year.
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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