Berry Well Done

Berry Well Done

If it seems as though the province of British Columbia is blessed with a plethora natural resources, rest assured you are not imagining things.Among its forestry and fishing capabilities, the province is also Canada’s leader in the production of cultivated blueberries.
According to a 2016 report from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Great White North is the world’s second-largest producer and third-largest exporter of cultivated (highbush) blueberries, and the leader in the production of wild (lowbush) blueberries. In Canada, blueberries are commercially grown in both wild and cultivated formats, with British Columbia producing about 96 percent of the country’s cultivated blueberries. A recent push in Canadian consumers looking for healthier foods—blueberries may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurological decline has propelled the production of cultivated blueberries from 53,000 metric tons in 2013 to 72,500 metric tons in 2015.