Queen of Blueberries
Elizabeth White is THE pioneer of the modern, cultivated blueberry! ‘
She selected wild blueberries for flavor, texture, size, resistance to disease and cold, and how quickly each variety ripened. Then, she propagated and cross-fertilized various specimens to develop the optimal highbush blueberry and released their first harvest in 1916.
Today, blueberries are bred in a similar manner.
I talked with a blueberry plant breed for Driscoll’s this week. She was headed to the San Joaquin Valley to do blueberry breeding trial selections for some 10,000 plants. Each plant will be judged by many of the same criteria that were used in the early 1900s, as well as plant morphology.
Hidden New Jersy. Friday, February 22, 2013. http://www.hiddennj.com/2013/02/elizabeth-white-berry-good-for-pinelands.html