Episode 4: Berries

Love eating berries? Berries are healthy and nutritional powerhouses that taste delicious whether fresh, frozen, dried, or processed. Did you know there is a very good chance that some of the berries you eat can be traced back to varieties developed by ARS scientists?

In this four part podcast episode, we'll explore four types of berries—blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries—and ARS's role in developing new varieties.

Audio Podcast (23 min)
Posted June 7, 2022

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Don't have time to listen to the entire podcast? Explore the individual berry segments —blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.

Blueberries growing on a bush

Part 1: Blueberries

Learn how a USDA breeding program was responsible for the development of the blueberry growing industry in the southeastern United States and how ARS scientists have developed and are continuing to work with farmers to create new cultivars of blueberries that we all get to enjoy. 

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Three blackberries in the palm of a hand

Part 2: Blackberries and Raspberries

ARS scientists created a thornless blackberry plant along with many new varieties of blackberries for the agricultural industry and a trellis system designed to protect and help pickers harvest blackberries. ARS scientists are also working with the individually quick frozen industry to pack the great taste of raspberries into your cool treats.

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Part 3: Break Time

Thinking about growing berries at home? Check out the podcast to learn what types of nutritious, sweet-tasting berries you can plant in your own backyard.

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Part 4: Strawberries

Delicious strawberries! At ARS, we're creating new varieties of this nutritious sweet berry. Check out our newest strawberry and hear how new strawberry cultivars are created.

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