Jon has just got back from Nova Scotia. He went out there to check the blueberry harvest and to make sure we've got enough berries for your smoothies.
We use these wild blueberries, which are smaller and more tasty
than the cultivated ones you'll find in the shops. The smaller size
means you get more antioxidants from them than large cultivated
ones, as the goodness is in the skin. Of course, being wild, you
can't plant them - you just have to hope they grow. And it can take
up to 25 years for them to spread across a field. This means that
the fields where they grow are handed down from generation to
generation of farming families in Nova Scotia (which is in Canada,
in case you were wondering).
The blueberries are harvested by dragging a comb-like thing through the field, as pictured above.
The blueberry farmers have to rely on nature for most things. And the most important thing they need in order to get a great crop is to provide lots of bees to pollinate the plants. During the spring, enterprising bee owners hire out their bees to farmers so that they can put the hives in the fields. Lots of bees means lots of blueberries, but also means lots of bears, as the bears quite like the honey.
Anyway, Jon made it back alive, unsavaged by bears and full of tales from The Blueberry Inn, the place where he stayed. Quite fancy a trip there myself. Looks beautiful.