Blueberries are not only delicious, they contain more antioxidants than most other fruits and vegetables

Harvest: Blueberries 

Learn all about the blueberries grown in Hillsborough County.

When are fresh Hillsborough County blueberries available at local groceries and farm stands?

April and May, and in some years as early as February and March.

What type of blueberries are grown commercially here?

Southern highbush and rabbiteye.

Where are blueberries most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?


How many acres are planted with blueberries?

591 in 2012 (most recent year for which statistics are available).

How many pounds of blueberries are harvested?

About 2.2 million pounds annually in Hillsborough County.

Interesting info

The yummy berries might help prevent cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's.

Local insight

West-Central Florida might hold the most promise for expansion of blueberry farming in Florida. About 35 percent of the state's crop is grown in Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, and Orange counties. Blueberries are a popular commodity at area U-Pick farms.

Last Modified: 1/10/2024, 8:03:15 PM

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