In order to be able to offer blueberries with the highest quality standards and ensure a production volume capable of meeting the needs of the market, JSC Berries thoroughly assessed a number of spaces that could accommodate its production and chose lands that offered excellent conditions.
Those lands were carefully prepared in order to optimize production, at both the qualitative and the quantitative level.
JSC Berries' production area currently covers 17 hectares, fully used to grow blueberries.
The way the plants were distributed and planted across the area allows ensuring the necessary space to maximize their development and taking advantage of the terrain features.
Currently, in its growing area, in the district of Guarda, JSC Berries has 58,000 plants with different ages and at different stages of their life cycle.
As the plantation grows and the plants progress in their life cycle, our high-quality production capacity increases and enables us to respond to the growing demand for this fruit.
Located in Guarda, in a mountainous area near the Estrela Mountain Range, benefiting from many hours of cold and sun exposure.
In addition to searching for the best land for our production, we also looked for the fruit varieties that offer the best organoleptic and nutritional characteristics. All this to offer Blueberries lovers the best fruits for their recipes and diet.
Main variety of blueberry precocious maturation, mid May. It is known for its high yields of uniform sized, quality fruit. Duke’s mild flavor seems to improve with cold storage.
Top Shelf blueberry is notable for its very large, flavorful, firm fruit. Top Shelf blueberries seem to excel in areas such as plant vigor, fruit size and flavor.
Blue Ribbon blueberries are an early- to mid-season selection released primarily for the high quality, hand harvest, fresh market. Its most notable attributes are high yields of firm, flavorful large berries and good post-harvest shelf life.
Bluegold blueberries are a mid-season, cold-hardy variety with high production and superior fruit quality. The berries are very firm, flavorful and evenly sized with a small recessed scar.
Liberty blueberries are a late season, fast growing, upright bush. Liberty blueberries are slightly flat, sky-blue in color, and have a balanced appealing flavor
Bluecrop blueberries, until recent years, have been the industry’s most widely planted variety. An easy bush to grow, Bluecrop fruit can be tart and have a large percentage of “red backs” if picked too early or if the bush is over cropped.
Vigorous variety produced since September until the autumn, thus being able to prolong the market season of Fresh Fruits. Its blueberries, large and dark in color, have a slightly acid taste excelente for confectionery and jams.
From Fall Creek Genetics last generation of blueberry, the new plantations of Last Call produce high yields of large berries with a classic sweet and slightly aromatic blueberry flavor.
The increase in the cultivated area and the evolution of the productive cycle of the plants will lead to a gradual increase in production. JSC Berries aims to reach a total of 100,000 plants within 5 years.
JSC Berries' growing area has privileged conditions for agricultural production, specifically for the cultivation of blueberries. The land benefits from many hours of sun exposure, many hours of cold (700 to 1000 hours/year), an almost entirely virgin soil and plenty of water. Everything blueberries need to grow and make your mouth water.
In addition to hand-picking the varieties, JSC Berries looked for plants of excellent varieties from the best nurseries in the world (Fallcreek).
JSC Berries is awaiting certification from GlobalGAP, MPB and PRODI.
Part of JSC Berries' production is entirely organic, as only natural elements are used for its cultivation, both in terms of pollination and protection against pests and diseases.