Get to Know Your NJ Symbols – The Blueberry

by Alice Magdziak • July 3, 2013 • Third StateComments (0)1747

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The State Fruit is the blueberry!  This will not come as a big surprise if you’ve lived in New Jersey for any amount of time.  Jersey blueberries are right up there with Jersey tomatoes and Jersey corn in terms of food popularity.

This year especially, the blueberries coming out of mainly South Jersey counties are extra sweet and are extremely abundant.  We wrote earlier about the excellent harvest farmers are expecting this year.

The blueberry was first cultivated in Whitesbog, New Jersey when Elizabeth Coleman White developed the nation’s first cultivated blueberry around 1911.

In 2003, fourth graders from Brick campaigned to make the blueberry the state fruit and the act making it official was enacted in 2004.

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