Bush berries: area under cultivation and quantity harvested increased again in 2017
Marked upward trend for cultivated blueberries
WIESBADEN – In 2017, approximately 40,100 tonnes of bush berries were harvested in Germany, the area under cultivation was 8,900 hectares. The area under cultivation thus increased by 5% on the previous year, the quantity harvested by 11%. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the area under bush berry cultivation has continuously been extended over the last five years. Compared with 2012, it grew by 30%. With a share of 34% of the total outdoor bush berry harvest, cultivated blueberries remain by far the most important bush berry variety in Germany. In 2017, roughly 13,800 tonnes of cultivated blueberries were harvested on an area of just over 2,800 hectares; that was 29% more than in 2016. This was followed by red and white currants (just under 6,900 tonnes; –5%), raspberries (just under 6,400 tonnes; +13%) and black currants (just over 5,600 tonnes; –17%).
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