Homegrown Hillsborough
Posted February 27, 2018 | 4:02 PM

Homegrown Hillsborough: Blueberries

Hillsborough County farmers grow more than 60 crops. Each month we will feature a seasonal crop, grown locally and available fresh in area groceries.

April's harvest: Blueberries

Fun fact:

Blueberries not only are delicious, they contain more antioxidants than most other fruits and vegetables, and might help prevent cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's.

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

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

What types of blueberries are grown commercially here?

Southern highbush and rabbiteye.

Where are blueberries most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?


How many acres are planted in blueberries?

About 640 in 2012 (most recent year for which statistics are available).

How many blueberries are harvested?

About 2.9 million pounds annually in Hillsborough County.

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.

Recipe: Florida Blueberry Cheesecake

More information about Florida blueberries