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.