The following information was excerpted from the North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 145.
Chapter 145 - State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions.
§ 145-18. State fruit and State berries.
(a) The official fruit of the State of North Carolina is the Scuppernong grape (Vitis genus).
(b) The official red berry of the State is the strawberry (Fragaria genus).
(c) The official blue berry of the State is the blueberry (Vaccinium genus).
(2001-488, s. 1.)
North Carolina General Statutes. General Assembly of North Carolina. 2009. 29 March 2009 <http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Statutes/StatutesTOC.pl>
Berries, Strawberry and Blueberry: The State Library of North Carolina: Encyclopedia.
Horticulture Crops: Blueberries: North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Marketing Division.
AG's Cool Blueberries: North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Highbush Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum L.: Virginia Tech, College of Natural Resources: Department of Forestry.
Vaccinium corymbosum L. (Highbush Blueberry): USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Vaccinium corymbosum L.: Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
Vaccinium corymbosum L. (Highbush Blueberry): CalPhoto photographs. The Biodiversity Sciences Technology group (BSCIT), a part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums at the University of California, Berkeley.
State Fruit: Complete list of official state fruits.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official North Carolina state symbols.
Very Blueberry, by Jennifer Trainer Thompson. 92 pages. Celestial Arts (May 2005) Very Blueberry goes beyond the blueberry muffin (though it does include a sublime recipe for it!) and features this essential fruit in innovative new recipes like Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions and Blueberries; Arugula, Prosciutto, and Blueberry Salad with Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette; Pork Tenderloin with Peach-Blueberry Chutney; and Blueberry Salsa. With this charming, little cookbook, incorporating the recommended half a cup of blueberries into your daily diet will always be a sweet delight.
Fruits and Berries for the Home Garden, by Lewis Hill. 280 pages. Storey Publishing, LLC; Revised edition (January 4, 1992) With over 45 years of growing fruits, nuts, and berries, Lewis Hill is an authority. Basic enough for novices and comprehensive enough for more experienced growers, the book features recommendations about new, improved fruit cultivars, effective and environmentally sound advice on how to fertilize plantings and control pests and diseases, complete information about what fruit to grow and where, and recommendations on improving the soil, planting, pruning, thinning, and other year-round maintenance suggestions for harvesting, preserving, and storage.
The Backyard Berry Book: A Hands-On Guide to Growing Berries, Brambles, and Vine Fruit in the Home Garden, by Stella Otto. 288 pages. Ottographics (April 1, 1995) Hands-on advice from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower to help gardeners create an edible landscape. The Backyard Berry Book provides all the information that backyard gardeners need to grow strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, lingonberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, and kiwi fruit. Includes details on soil nutrition and testing; disease, pest, weed, and bird control; and trellis design.
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