Blueberries overtake peaches as Georgia's top-selling fruit

ATLANTA — Though Georgia is known for its peaches, blueberries have mounted a challenge in recent years and have quietly overtaken the peach as the state's top-selling fruit crop.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that blueberry sales are five times what they were in 2003. Meanwhile, peach sales are basically flat.

Figures from the University of Georgia show that in 2010, blueberries brought in $133 million vs. $47 million for peaches.

A decade ago, Georgia tallied 8,000 acres of blueberries. Today, it has more than 19,000.

Peach acres dropped from 16,000 to 12,000 during that period.

For more, go to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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