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Peru: Avocado, blueberry returns fail to keep up with volume surge
Peru has notched massive growth in export volume for both blueberries and avocados this year, but returns have not been able to follow the same path. Arturo Medina Castro of the Peruvian Hass Avocado Growers' Association (ProHass) told Agraria.pe [in ... Fresh Fruit Portal [ story ]

Optimize Fertilizer Applications in Young Blueberry Plantings
Nitrogen is a key component of annual fertilizer programs for Florida blueberry production. Blueberries in Florida are typically planted either in pine bark beds or in sandy soil heavily amended with pine bark. Either scenario can result in inefficient ... Growing Produce [ story ]

Get it Growing: Use these tips to plant blueberry shrubs
Here in Louisiana, you can plant blueberry shrubs now and into the winter. But as LSU AgCenter horticulturist KiKi Fontenot explains on this edition of Get It Growing, if you want your plants to survive and thrive, make sure you plant them properly. Houma Courier [ story ]

Chilean blueberry volume expected to dip in 2018-19
Chilean blueberry export volume in 2018-19 will be down slightly from last year's record levels, but the North American market will be well-supplied. “We're coming from a record year last season in terms of production and exports so this season we are ... The Packer [ story ]

Florida Blueberry Industry Focused on Competitive Edge
The Florida Blueberry industry comprises more than 500 growers and more than 7,000 acres of commercially grown Southern Highbush Blueberries. We have experienced growth and stability in the recent past; however, the 2018 Florida blueberry season ... Growing Produce [ story ]

Cook's Corner: Blueberry buttermilk pancakes
Cook's Corner: Blueberry buttermilk pancakes. Share. Shares. Copy Link. Copy. {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! WMUR. Updated: 6:43 AM EDT Nov 3, 2018. Kristen Carosa · News Reporter. Cook's Corner: Blueberry buttermilk pancakes. Share. Shares. WMUR Manchester [ story ]

Peru: Blueberry exports up 24% by October 2018
Peruvian blueberry exports amounted to US$306.8 million by October 2018, having grown 24% compared to the same period last year, according to the Perucamaras' Business Research Center. This outcome was underpinned by greater exported volumes ... FreshPlaza [ story ]

Argentina: Organic biodynamic blueberry market grows
The president of the Association of Blueberry Producers of Tucuman (APRATUC), Francisco Estrada, highlighted the growth of the blueberry market, mainly of the organic biodynamic blueberries, which are increasingly often exported to the world. Estrada ... FreshPlaza [ story ]

"Spain must face challenges of growing blueberry sector"
The sustained growth in the supply and the global expansion in the acreage devoted to blueberries have resulted in greater competition. Consequently, the training of those engaged in the fruit's cultivation has become a key factor. After all, it is ... FreshPlaza [ story ]

To Ward Off Diabetes, Eat Whole Fruit, Shun Fruit Juice
Science is finding more health benefits from blueberries—but raising more concerns about fruit juice. According to a new study by Harvard University researchers, eating whole fruits helps ward off diabetes, while drinking juice can actually raise the ... National Geographic [ story ]

Some Fruits Are Better Than Others
“Increasing whole fruit consumption, especially blueberries, apples and grapes, is important,” said Dr. Qi Sun, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard and the senior author of the study. “But I don't want to leave the impression that fruit is magic. New York Times (blog) [ story ]

Argentina: frost impacts to take toll on early blueberry volumes
The Argentinean Blueberry Committee (ABC) expects lower volumes at the start of its export season as a result of frosts in July and August, but has emphasized quality won't be affected. blueberry_32490223 - panorama. Despite the fact weather conditions ... Fresh Fruit Portal [ story ]

Blueberries, not fruit juice, cut type-2 diabetes risk
Eating more fruit, particularly blueberries, apples and grapes, is linked to a reduced risk of developing type-2 diabetes, suggests a study in the British Medical Journal. Blueberries cut the risk by 26% compared with 2% for three servings of any whole ... BBC News [ story ]

Blueberries Really are Miracle Fruit
Image: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic, Wikimedia Eating two cups of wild blueberries a day for two months can reduce chronic inflammation, improve metabolism of fat and lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, according to research by a Univ. of Maine ... Laboratory Equipment [ story ]

Sweet fruits
The fruits shown here to reduce diabetes risk (grapes, blueberries, apples) are either good sources of antioxidant pigments or of fibre. The actions of these things in your body either neutralise the damaging effects of fructose or modify fructose ... WellBeing [ story ]

Blueberry magazine to connect international supply chain
Freshfruitportal.com and Portalfruticola.com will be releasing another International Special Edition, this time on the global blueberry industry. ISE_Blueberriesweb_2013-14_berry_MOGG. The magazine will give retailers, importers, growers and exporters ... Fresh Fruit Portal [ story ]

Blueberry harvest looking bountiful
David Yarborough, a University of Maine professor of horticulture and the state's leading expert on blueberries, said Wednesday that fruit size and yields are “average or above.” He noted that earlier rains supplied moisture but interrupted harvesting. Bangor Daily News [ story ]

Plant of the week: Blueberry 'Powder Blue'
Blueberry 'Powder Blue': Lovely fruit and fiery red leaves in autumn too. Photograph: Getty Images/Vetta. What is it? A mid- to late-season blueberry that, so long as you don't prune, should grow to a height and spread of 2.5m. Plant it with? More ... The Guardian [ story ]

Blueberry flavour: Volatile compounds may be at the heart of taste and acceptance
Blueberry suppliers could improve the taste and acceptance of the fruit by selecting breeds containing particular volatile compounds and allowing fruits to ripen so that they contain higher levels of these compounds, say researchers. FoodNavigator.com [ story ]

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