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Berries to feel good!

When we talk about small fruit or berries we are referring to the Vaccinium, Rubus and Ribes genres, that is cultivated varieties of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, red and black currants and gooseberries. In Italy, since over a decade, there has been a significant increase both economically and of interest for the cultivation and consumption of berries, especially for fresh consumption. Berries are good, are highly valued for their organoleptic and nutraceutical qualities, in simple words, are rich in antioxidant and are good for your health.
The cultivation of these species has spread from north to south of Italy, moving from the most suitable and traditional areas like Trentino and Piemonte regions to new cultivated areas of Sicily.
This development, combined with improvements in cultivation techniques and nursery plant production, in addition to their naturally longer shelf life, has increased the consideration and the interest of growers and consumers. How do we propagate small fruit plants? The most frequent nursery methods for these species are the traditional technique of cuttings, usually carried out in the greenhouse, and the more innovative technique of micropropagation or “in vitro” propagation, carried out in the laboratory, here the plantlets are cultivated in glass jars in a sterile environment and subsequently transplanted from the laboratory to the greenhouse.
Among the many species and varieties of plants propagated by Battistini Nursery, we have over 20 varieties of Highbush blueberry (vaccinium corymbosum genus), well represented both for quality and productivity, including even some of the latest varieties, as result of genetic improvement of blueberry in the world (collaboration project with Multibaies, a french nursery company, blueberry specialized).
All blueberry varieties, as well as those of all other fruits, can be further divided by their ripening period, ( from the earliest to the most belated ), by their adaptation to different climates and their need for coldness. So, there are the Northern Highbush blueberry varieties for colder areas and Southern Highbush blueberry varieties for warmer areas.

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