Growing in Northern & Eastern Europe: Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Baltics, Scandinavia.
The growing regions of Northern and Eastern Europe are typically high chill areas. Poland, followed by Germany, historically have been the most active blueberry growing areas in the north focused on popular older varieties such as Bluecrop. These varieties are good for the local markets but are not ideal for export markets as due to their shelf-life and firmness. Growers in this region are now replacing these older varieties with new cultivars such as Fall Creek’s Valor® ‘ZF08-070’ , Cargo, Last Call, and others that offer a superior eating experience for consumers and improved economics for growers.
In countries new to growing blueberries such as Ukraine and Russia, the climatic conditions can be more extreme. Commercially competitive blueberry growing, packing, and shipping can still be achieved in these regions with proper investment and technical execution.