TIL that Elizabeth Coleman White, whose family owned a cranberry farm, teamed up with botanist Frederick Coville to develop and cultivate the first blueberry crop. White paid people for each bush they found with blueberries that measured at least 5/8 of an inch. Coville uprooted and grafted them.

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I misread that as white people paid for every crop they found. I was really confused why blueberries became a race issue.

gehanna1

In Atlantic Canada, we refer to these as “high-bush” blueberries, and generally regard them as inferior to “wild” blueberries, a different species with a similar fruit, that’s usually only about a foot or so high. Most local growers use the wild blueberries, which you can cultivate on poor, hilly ground that’s not good for much else.

Carbon_Rod

Weird. Figured they were just another age-old crop.

00Batou

This is a very confusing title and story . Blueberries grow wild all over the place …

WritingTheRongs

And with this act of genius they created a type of berry that is huge and almost entirely devoid of flavor. Way to go.

Nevermynde