The world's largest blueberry was grown in Australia
18 Mar 2024

The world's largest blueberry was grown in Australia

The world's largest blueberry was grown in Australia

In blueberry breeding, it is quite possible to achieve a compromise between large berries and taste. The Costa Group company shared its success in blueberry breeding - its berries were included in the official Guinness Book of Records as the heaviest in the world. writes about this, citing information from the company.

The record berries were grown on the Eterna blueberry variety, part of the improvement program, and were harvested on 13 November 2023 at the company's berry farm in Corindy, New South Wales, Australia.
Weighing 20.40g and measuring 39.31mm, the largest blueberry broke the previous world record - a 16.20g berry grown in Western Australia in 2020.

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The Costa Group, headquartered in Corindi, has been operating for over 25 years, developing on average one or two new blueberry varieties with high commercial value every year. The company uses Costa's extensive network of mid- and low-latitude farms in low- and mid-temperature regions to select, evaluate and develop new varieties suitable for a wide range of global growing conditions to meet the requirements of both clients and consumers. The company's partners include berry growers in different regions of the world, including America, Morocco, China and South Africa.

George Jessett, international horticulture manager at Costa Berries, said new blueberry varieties always generated a lot of interest in the industry. Gardeners want to obtain varieties that are more adapted to growing conditions and have good resistance to climatic stress and disease. Brad Hocking, the specialist on whose farm the record-breaking blueberry was obtained, said: “Eterna” as a variety has a truly great taste and consistently large fruits. When we harvested the crop for the application to the Guinness Book of Records, there were about 20 more berries of about the same size on the bush.”

He and company representatives note that modern blueberry breeding makes it possible to create varieties with large berries without compromising taste or other characteristics. In general, the global blueberry industry is developing with the improvement of agricultural practices in growing and developing new varieties.