Today May Be The Last Day For “You Pick Blueberries” at Beck Brothers Farm This Season
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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A quick note to remind you all that today may be the last day for this season to pick blueberries at Beck Brothers Farm, 12500 Overstreet Rd., Windermere, FL 34786, 1/4 mile South of the intersection of Chase Rd. and Hwy 535 in Windermere, FL. They are open between 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
They were originally open for picking until May 16, 2015. But I just read in Beck Brothers Citrus Inc. Facebook page that Friday may be the last day for this season. So be sure to confirm with them by calling in advance at 407-656-4353 or email [email protected] . Hubby and I had so much fun picking (and tasting) blueberries while soaking up the sun on Wednesday afternoon that we’d like to share these photos below with you:
Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo–colored berries from the section Cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium (a genus that also includes cranberries and bilberries). Species in the section Cyanococcus are the most common fruits sold as “blueberries” and are native to North America (commercially cultivated highbush blueberries were not introduced into Europe until the 1930s).
Blueberries are usually erect, prostrate shrubs that can vary in size from 10 centimeters (3.9 in) to 4 meters (13 ft) in height. In the commercial production of blueberries, the smaller species are known as “low-bush blueberries” (synonymous with “wild”), while the larger species are known as “high-bush blueberries”.
The leaves can be either deciduous or evergreen, ovate to lanceolate, and 1–8 cm (0.39–3.15 in) long and 0.5–3.5 cm (0.20–1.38 in) broad. The flowers are bell-shaped, white, pale pink or red, sometimes tinged greenish. The fruit is a 5–16 millimeters (0.20–0.63 in) in diameter with a flared crown at the end; they are pale greenish at first, then reddish-purple, and finally dark purple when ripe. They are covered in a protective coating of powdery epicuticular wax, colloquially known as the “bloom”. They have a sweet taste when mature, with variable acidity. Blueberry bushes typically bear fruit in the middle of the growing season: fruiting times are affected by local conditions such as altitude and latitude, so the peak of the crop can vary from May to August (in the northern hemisphere) depending upon these conditions.
The blueberry harvest in North America varies. It can start as early as May and usually ends in late summer. The principal areas of production in the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, Chile, New Zealand and Argentina) have long periods of harvest. In Australia, for example, due to the geographic spread of blueberry farms and the development of new cultivation techniques, the industry is able to provide fresh blueberries for 10 months of the year – from July through to April. Similar to other fruits and vegetables, climate-controlled storage allows growers to preserve picked blueberries. Harvest in the UK is from June to August. Mexico also can harvest from October to February.
Although blueberries were traditionally hand-picked, modern farmers use machine harvesters that shake the fruit off the bush of cultivated highbush blueberries, while new machines are being developed for wild, lowbush blueberries. The fruit is then brought to a cleaning/packaging facility where it is cleaned, packaged, then sold. In Mexico, each farmer packs on site and sells directly, or may transport to a warehouse for storage until the berries are sold.
Blueberries contain micronutrients mostly in negligible amounts, with moderate levels (relative to respectiveDaily Values) (DV) of the essential dietary mineral manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber(table). Generally, nutrient contents of blueberries are a low percentage of the DV (table). One serving provides a relatively low caloric value of 57 kcal per 100 g serving and glycemic load score of 6 out of 100 per day.
Blueberries contain anthocyanins, other polyphenols and various phytochemicals under preliminary research for their potential role in the human body. Most polyphenol studies have been conducted using the highbush cultivar of blueberries (V. corymbosum), while content of polyphenols and anthocyanins in lowbush (wild) blueberries (V. angustifolium) exceeds values found in highbush cultivars.
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Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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