Blueberries

Blueberries are sweet, nutritious and wildly popular.

Often labeled a superfood, they are low in calories and incredibly good for you.

They’re so tasty and convenient that many people consider them their favorite fruit.

The blueberry bush (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus) is a flowering shrub that produces berries with a bluish, purple hue — also known as blueberries.

It is closely related to similar shrubs, such as those that produce cranberries and huckleberries.

Blueberries are small — around 0.2–0.6 inches (5–16 millimeters) in diameter — and feature a flared crown at the end.

They are green in color when they first appear, then deepen to purple and blue as they ripen.

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About Peru

Peru is one of Latin America’s best-performing economies, led by its seasonal exports of high-value fresh fruit and vegetables, including avocados, table grapes, asparagus — and blueberries. Peru is now recognized as the number one supplier of fresh blueberries worldwide, supported by its long growing days, large expanses of plantable land, and access to markets across Asia and the Americas.

Exported from Peru

The country has experienced explosive growth of blueberries in under a decade, from 70 hectares planted in 2012 to an estimated 14,000 hectares in 2020. And its dominance in the world blueberry market is only expected to continue, with blueberries now ranking as the country’s second most important agricultural export after table grapes.

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Peruvian Blueberry

The Peruvian blueberry industry is expecting a huge 40% year-on-year rise in exports this season to around 165,000 metric tons (MT). Currently around half of the volume is sent to the U.S. market, 30% to Europe, 15% to Asia and the remaining 5% to other countries in South America, as well as the Middle East and the Caribbean.

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