Blueberries belong to the family Ericaceae, subfamily Vac-ciniaceae. True blueberries belong to the ancient genus Vaccinium, subgenus Cyanococcus. Blueberries are divided into two major groups, lowbush and highbush. The low-bush type generally grows wild over large areas and is the source of a large quantity of fruit on the commercial market. Northern lowbush blueberries consist of several species: V. myrtilloides, V. angustifolium, V. lamarkii, and V. vacillans. V. angustifolium is gradually replacing the others in areas where rotational burning is used for weed control and pruning. The northern highbush blueberry is V. corymbosum, and the southern type is V. australe. The rabbit-eye blueberry is V. ashei, so named because when the fruit begins to ripen the pink color resembles a rabbit's eye. It is grown mainly in the southern states.

Blueberry production in the United States was about 85,000 tons in 1993 and is increasing rapidly. Production increased 50% between 1992 and 1993 alone. About 60% of the blueberries were processed and 40% sold as fresh berries. The rapid increase was due to the addition of blueberry products to a wide variety of foods, including breakfast cereals, dessert toppings and fillings, pies, cakes, cheesecakes, salads, muffins, fruit cocktails, yogurts, ice creams, breads, bagels, pastries, frozen muffin and cookie doughs, and the like. The forms of blueberries used in these products are fresh, frozen, puree, juice, dehydrated, and concentrate.

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