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Sunday, 30 December 2012


Legend has it that early American colonists boiled blueberries with milk to make gray paint.

During World War One, children in England were given time off school to pick blackberries. They were collected for the production of juice that was sent to soldiers to help maintain health.

A 2012 study suggested that eating at least one serving of blueberries a week slowed cognitive decline by several years.

Maine produced 25% of all lowbush blueberries in North America. The state produced 83 million pounds of wild blueberries in 2011.

Blueberries are purple. In fact, blue fruit does not exist on earth.

Blueberries and raspberries have the same pigment compounds, anthocyanins. Blueberries are purple because they are less acidic. If you add an acid like vinegar to crushed blueberries, they will turn red. Adding a base like baking soda will return them to purple.

Georgia has the longest harvest blueberry season in the US, lasting from late April through the end of July.

The world record for hands-free eating of blueberry pie is 9.17lb in eight minutes. It is held by Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, an American competitive eater.

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