University of Georgia releases giant of a blueberry variety

05/07/2013 10:33:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

A new, large blueberry from the University of Georgia is appropriately named Titan.

Average blueberries are slightly smaller than a dime, but Titan berries can grow as large as a quarter.

The variety is a rabbiteye blueberry, which is well suited to growing conditions in Georgia, according to a news release.

The university's Research Foundation has applied for a plant patent on the variety.

Titan yields berries that are two to four times the size of average blueberries, making picking much easier, according to the release.

"Common sense tells you that picking blueberries by hand takes a long time. Not with Titan," Scott NeSmith, a university breeder, said in the release.

The variety yields best when used with a pollinizer variety.

Nurseries already have a waiting list for plants.

Titan is available through these licensed nurseries: Ken James Greenhouses, Cornelius Farms and Oregon Blueberry.

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Kevin Fee    
Calhoun KY  |  May, 11, 2013 at 04:21 AM

But how does it taste? From the producers aspect picking for a jelly manufacture would be economically desirable but how does a big berry compare to a small succulent berry in a bowel of cereal? Thanks, Kevin

fl  |  December, 03, 2013 at 09:47 PM

Smaller than I dime? Titan? Interesting I think. It is actually quite small. Chandler, Herbert, and etc...

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