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B.C.’s pure waters, clean air, rich soils and moderate climate create perfect growing conditions for blueberries. The British Columbia Blueberry Council represents more than 600 growers of premium quality highbush blueberries, producing an average of 150 million lbs. annually. British Columbia is one of the giant highbush blueberries growing regions globally, making blueberries Canada’s number one small fruit export. Every berry grown and harvested in B.C. brings natural energy and superfood health to recipes, tables, kitchens and berry snickers.

Most common varieties for South Coastal B.C.

Duke

Blooms late, produces early and consistently. Heavy producer. Harvested in two picks. Fruit: Large-size, light blue, firm and with a small scar. It maintains the flavor in cold storage. Excellent for IQF (individual quick freeze) and fresh shipping.

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Early blue

Fresh market. Bush: Upright, moderately vigorous, easy to grow. Moderate producer. Avoid poorly drained soil and frost pockets. Potential for machine-harvesting. Fruit: Medium-large, light blue, medium scar and on loose clusters. Resistant to cracking. Good flavor and quality, ships well

Reka

Early. Processing. Bush: Upright, very vigorous, heavy production beginning in the first few years after planting, machine harvests well. Reka grows well on a wide range of soils. Fruit: Medium size, medium blue, firm and with a small scar. Produced on loose clusters. It may have “redback” if not fully ripe.

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Bluecrop

Bluecrop

Mid-season. Processing and fresh market. Bush: Vigorous, upright, consistently productive and easy to grow. The plant tends to over-produce unless carefully pruned each year. Harvest in three to four picks. Fruit: Large, light blue, small scar, firm. Good flavor. It may be half-red if picked too early.

Liberty

Late, slightly earlier than Elliot. Processing and Fresh Market. Bush: Very vigorous, upright to just spreading. It should be trellised. The fruit is medium to large, somewhat flat, medium blue, substantial, small scar, excellent flavour.

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Elliot

Elliot

Very late. Fresh market. Bush: upright, vigorous, consistently productive. Fruit: Medium size, light blue, firm, small scar, slightly tart flavor. Fruit tends to fade if over mature. Suitable for C.A. storage.

Draper

Mid-season, slightly earlier than Bluecrop. Processing and fresh market. Bush: Vigorous, compact. Young plants may sucker heavily and grow horizontally. Should be well adapted to machine harvesting, ripening is concentrated. Fruit: Large, light blue, small scar, very firm and crisp, excellent flavor, good shelf-life.

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Very late

Very late

Fresh market. Bush: vigorous, slightly spreading, likely too late for most Fraser Valley locations. Potential for late-season tunnel production. Fruit: medium, dark blue, firm, tiny scar, slightly tart.

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