BC’s climate is ideal for growing blueberry crops. Blueberries overall are a visually attractive crop, easy to grow, and are one plant where purchasing more than one variety is a positive as they’ll cross-pollinate and result in a higher yield. Here are some of the different types of blueberry crops grown in BC.
Duke blueberries are large and light, growing from a white, pink-tinged spring flower. As large berries, they can grow to the size of a quarter, come in an abundance, and contain an unforgettable tangy flavour. First introduced in the mid-1980s, Duke blueberries ripen in late May and are self-pollinating.
Bluecrop blueberries are a great BC blueberry crop, highly adaptable to colder climate conditions. These large berries are perfect to toss in salads, bake into a pie, or to serve with cream. Introduced in the early 1940s, bluecrops ripen in July and are a Canadian favourite. When pollinated with Jersey or Earliblue, the plant yields an even larger crop.
Elliot blueberries come large, flavorful, and firm. They’re perfect for fresh eating and cooking, gracing BC landscapes every spring and ripening in August. The attractive and bright burgundy stems are lovely to watch grow and the plant self-pollinates, blooming late to avoid the spring frost.
BC blueberries are not only delicious on the tongue but they come packed with high nutrition and tremendous health benefits. These are just a few of them.
Blueberries are notoriously low in calories but very nutrient dense with high amounts of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, manganese, and small traces of other nutrients.
They’re packed with antioxidants, including predominantly flavonoids, which protect your body’s cells from damage and help guard against signs of aging.
The high level of antioxidants also neutralizes free radicals related to oxidative DNA damage, related to aging and cancer.
Blueberries are excellent for your cholesterol, lowering the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol sometimes significantly depending on the person and their diet.
BC blueberries appear to assist in lowering high blood pressure, particularly among individuals who are obese or postmenopausal women.
Heart attacks are the world’s leading cause of death. Although it’s still early in research, several studies have produced favorable results suggesting blueberries are help to lower the risk of heart attack by sometimes as much as a third.
Blueberries neutralizes a lot in the body, resulting in the maintenance of brain function and improved memory. In fact, a multi-year study found blueberries delayed mental again in some individuals by up to 2.5 years.
The anthocyanins in blueberries have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, suggesting they’re one of the best foods to eat for those suffering from diabetes.
BC’s blueberries are some of the most delicious in the world, travelling far and wide from the Fraser Valley abroad. This region of BC has saw blueberry production increase annually for several years, partly because the climate is so perfect and the growing conditions are ideal for the popular fruit. Today, there are thousands of acres used to cultivate BC blueberries and those fields end up producing hundreds of millions of pounds of blueberries every year. Fraser Valley’s one of the largest blueberry growing regions in the world and is a major contributor to Canada’s overall production, which is third in the world.
Although you can grow blueberries in many different conditions, you can’t get the kind of blueberries you get from Fraser Valley anywhere. Down to the climate, soil, environment, and the passion the growers in Fraser Valley put into it, there’s nothing like it anywhere in the world. You get hot summer days and cool nights, with a winter that’s just the right conditions to send blueberry plants into a dormant phase and prep them for the year to follow. Across the province, there’s more than 600 growers and the vast majority of those lay in the Fraser Valley. Fresh or frozen, a BC blueberry is going to be the most delicious you taste.