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Blueberries
New Jersey's July harvest of Blueberries marks the peak of domestic production. North Carolina produces primarily for May and June, New Jersey produces from June to August, Michigan produces from July to October.
Bluecrop is the major blueberry variety. Among the other varieties are the Jersey, Tifblue, Blueray, Bluetta, Croatan, Climax, Weymouth, Duke and Elliot.

Blackberries
Oregon, Texas, California, and Washington provide the majority of domestic supply, which starts in May and continues through October. The following are the main varieties:
Olallie -Sweet-tart, all uses, May to July, mostly from California.
Marion - Tangy, sweet flavor, use in Jams preserves and baking, July to August, mostly from Oregon.
Cherokee - Sweet, eat fresh and use in pies, May - October from California, Mid July to late August from Oregon.
Chester - Mild, sweet, use in fruit salads and baking, July - September from California and Oregon.
Kotata - Tangy, sweet flavor, all uses, July to August from Oregon.

Raspberries
Red and purple raspberries are two main types sold to the fresh market. The red type has five main varieties: Willamette, Sweet Briar, Amity and Heritage. Sweet Briar the proprietary variety, accounts for more than 50 percent of the nations raspberry supply.
Three groups of cultivated raspberries are grown in North America: Red raspberries, a native European berry; Black raspberries or Blackcaps, a North American native fruit; and Purple canes, a range of hybrids between the two groups.
Available in limited supplies, golden raspberries are somewhat sweeter and are available during the same season as red raspberries.
About 90 percent of fresh market red raspberries supplies are produced in California, Washington, and Oregon. Michigan and New York also supply some quantities. Limited supplies are available year round from domestic sources with production peaks in June and early September.
Handling / Storage
Blueberry Handling
Temperature 32 to 34 F
Relative Humidity: 90 to 95 percent
Mist: No
Typical shelf life: 10 to 18 days
Highly sensitive to freezing injury.

Blackberry Handling
Temperature 32 to 34 F
Relative Humidity: 90 to 95 percent
Mist: No
Typical shelf life: 2 to 3 days
Highly sensitive to crushing and freezing injury.

Raspberry Handling
Temperature: 32 to 34 F
Relative Humidity: 90 to 95 percent
Mist: No
Shelf Life: 4 to 7 days
Highly sensitive to crushing and freezing injury.
Packaging
Common PLU's
Blueberries
4240 Regular


Blackberries
4239 Regular


Raspberries
4244 Black
4245 Golden
4054 Red


Boysenberries
4241 Regular


Cranberries
4242 Regular


Gooseberries
4243 Regular
Common Varieties
     
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