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Mississippi Blueberries

Approximately 50% of Mississippi blueberries are sold wholesale through marketing cooperatives. The remaining blueberries are sold on a pick-your-own basis or sold independently through farmers markets, small stores, etc. There are approximately 2700 acres in blueberry production in Mississippi with the majority of blueberry acreage in the Southern half of the state.

Fresh blueberries are available in the market place from May through September with June and July being the peak harvest season.

Blueberries can be enjoyed daily fresh or frozen to enjoy year round. For best results when freezing, do not wash the berries. Freeze them dry in plastic freezer containers. Blueberries will freeze individually and will be easy to use in recipes. Wash them right before using them in your favorite recipes.

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Blueberry Zucchini Bread

3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 c. vegetable
1 T. vanilla
2 ¼ c. sugar
2 c. shredded zucchini
3 c. plain flour
1 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
¼ t. baking soda
1 T. cinnamon
1 pt. fresh blueberries

Lightly grease 4 mini loaf pans.

In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar. Fold in zucchini. Beat in flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Gently fold in blueberries. Place in prepared pans.

Bake for 50 minutes at 350°. Cool 20 min in pans, then turn out to cool completely.