The first commercial blueberry production began in the early 1900s in New Jersey, USA. A botanist named Frederick Coville and his assistant Elizabeth Coleman White began a research project to cultivate the wild blueberry plants that grew in the area.
They selected the best blueberry plants and used them to develop a new variety of blueberries that could be grown commercially. They also developed a method of propagating these new plants through cuttings, which allowed for easier and more efficient production.
In 1911, White founded the first commercial blueberry farm in the world, called Whitesbog Farm. She began selling fresh blueberries to local markets and also started canning blueberries, allowing for year-round availability.
The success of Whitesbog Farm led to the expansion of blueberry production throughout the United States and eventually around the world. Today, the United States is one of the largest producers of blueberries in the world, with over 30 states producing the fruit commercially.
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