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Strawberry and Blueberry

North Carolina State Berries

Strawberries and blueberries; photo by Angelo DeSantis on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

North Carolina Official State Red and Blue Berries

North Carolina designated the strawberry (genus fragaria) as the official red berry and blueberry (genus vaccinium) as the state blue berry in 2001. Both berries are grown throughout North Carolina and consumers can pick their own berries at farms from one end of the state to the other.

There are only 60 calories in one cup of fresh berries and zero grams of fat. Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and A, and supply 8 percent of the recommended daily allowance for iron. One cup of blueberries supplies 50% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin C and 22 percent of the fiber recommended for a healthy diet.

Strawberries and blueberries are important to the agricultural economy of North Carolina. Strawberries brought in over $19 million in 2005 and blueberries over $37 million in 2005. According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, North Carolina was ranked 3rd in the nation in 2006 in strawberry production, and 5th in blueberry production.