Now that’s one giant blueberry
In March 2018, OZblu tipped the scales with the world’s heaviest blueberry, which weighed in at 12.39 grams. Now, just over two years later, the bluberry brand has broken its own record. OZblu’s whopper of Guinness World Record-breaking blueberry was recorded in Wilbinga, Western Australia, weighing in at 16.20g, with a diameter of 36.3mm. An average-sized OZblu blueberry is around 18mm in diameter.
The record-breaking blueberry is the result of world-renowned plant breeders Dave and Leasa Mazzardis, who founded and own Nature’s Select breeding program. The pair continuously work to produce superior low-chill evergreen blueberry genetics that are commercially viable for growers and also offer the consumer an exceptional eating experience – juicier, crunchier and tastier characteristics as well as an extended shelf life.
“While larger blueberries are a result of this natural selection process, and although some markets do prefer ‘jumbo’ size berries, our focus – among other agronomical traits – remains on delivering a consistent and quality eating experience,” says Dave.
Roger Horak, founder of United Exports, which owns the OZblu brand, says that it’s important to remember that size isn’t all that matters when it comes to blueberries.
“We are intent on growing the best blueberries on the market,” he says. “This means that taste, crunch and flavour are our priorities. Dave and Leasa just happen to grow record-sized fruit too. The innovation that they have delivered to the blueberry category is nothing short of ground-breaking for this incredible super fruit.”
Blueberries have become one of the most sought-after superfoods as a result of their countless health properties. Due to the global demand for new variety blueberries, OZblu is rapidly increasing its global blueberry production in order to supply the market year-round. Who knows? They very well may break their own world record for a third time.