Blueberry cultivation is starting to gain ground in the Salamanca region of Sierra de Francia, where Mari Ángeles Martín has been growing the crop on about two hectares since 2015, in a farm in the municipality of Linares de Riofrío. The farm, with its 6,000 plants, is seeing its production volume grow year after year and has become a leader in the sector, although the owner recalls that there are also blueberry farms in other towns, such as Madroñal or San Esteban.
“In the third year, you can harvest about a kilo more per plant than in the second year. You will obtain about two and a half kilos per plant; almost double. The volume keeps increasing until the seventh year, when it stabilizes,” says the owner of the farm, who hires two women for the harvest during the season.
This year, they are selling a lot directly at the farm in half-kilo boxes and at a price of 8 Euro per kilo, but the bulk of the production is delivered to a cooperative in Huelva. She says that this Andalusian province and Santander are the two business points for this fruit, which is largely exported to Europe, although it is also finding its place in Spain: “Whoever tries them, starts liking them a lot more. The blueberries here are not as sour."
Blueberries are very healthy and their daily intake can improve your blood vessel function and lower the systolic blood pressure in healthy people. The fruit also has beneficial properties for the cells responsible for the growth and repair of muscles.