Blueberries at a glance …

Posted July 20, 2011, at 6:06 p.m.

• Wild blueberries first were used by Native Americans and commercially harvested in Maine as early as 1840.

• Maine’s blueberry crop is valued at $190 million; its entire economic impact is $250 million.

• 65,149 bee hives were used in 2011 to pollinate blueberry blossoms and most of them were imported to Maine by commercial beekeepers.

• 60,000 acres of blueberries are managed in Maine.

• Since 1980, insecticide use on blueberry fields has decreased by 80 percent.

• 80 percent of Maine’s 83 million pounds of blueberries are processed for the commercial market for use in mixes, fillings and prepared food.

• Blueberries used for processing fetched 60 cents per pound in 2010, compared with 30 cents in 2001.

• Maine grows the most wild blueberries in the world and is the only producer of wild blueberries in the country.

Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Wild Blueberry Association of Maine.

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