The South African blueberry season seems early this year, but as an industry expert points out: “It’s not unusually early, compared to last year, but there is definitely more fruit, and earlier in the season.  There has been a brisk increase in blueberry plantings over the last couple of years, among which early-bearing varieties for this time of year when there’s not a lot of blueberries available on the market. Blueberry growers in the provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northwest have started selectively harvesting, some expecting to start full-time harvesting in two to three weeks’ time. Harvesting in the Western and Southern Cape has also commenced, helped along by the cold fronts moving over the province, aiding colour development and ripening”. – Fresh Plaza

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