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Juneberries. Photo: <a href="">Jim Ochterski</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Juneberries. Photo: Jim Ochterski, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Juneberries gain popularity with Northeast farmers

WILLSBORO, N.Y. (AP) A native North American fruit that looks like a blueberry but is more closely related to apples is gaining popularity as an alternative crop for Northeastern farmers.

Juneberries have become established as a commercial crop on the western Canadian prairie and now are gaining interest in the northern United States.

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Plant researchers from Cornell University have helped growers in the Finger Lakes region of western New York establish plantings and evaluate market potential.

To support the widespread cultivation of juneberries in the Northeast, Cornell is establishing a comprehensive collection of varieties and collecting data on them at its research farm overlooking Lake Champlain in northern New York.

Botanist Michael Burgess says juneberries are easy to grow, delicious and high in healthful antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.

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