ATLANTA (July 21, 2013)--The most valuable fruit crop produced in the Peach State isn’t peaches, it’s blueberries.
Georgia is famous as a major producer of the peach, the fuzzy orange fruit whose image appears on state license plates, "welcome to Georgia" billboards and on road signs.
But the reality is that blueberries are Georgia's most lucrative fruit crop, by far.
Federal estimates show the value of blueberry production in Georgia beat the peach crop in 2005 and the gap has grown wider ever since.
Farmers say research on the blueberry's health benefits expanded the public appetite for the crop, which helped farmers looking to replace tobacco and timber crops.