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The main soft fruit crop grown in Ireland is the fresh strawberry. This is worth an estimated €47m per annum. Most strawberries are grown under-cover, leading to an extended growing season. Strawberries can now be grown in any part of the country, making it easier to get locally grown crops.
The most popular cane fruit crop grown in Ireland is the raspberry. They are mainly grown under protective cover. Use of different varieties and methods has extended the harvest from May to November.The crop is worth an estimated 4m per annum.
Blueberries are perennial flowering plants producing berries every year. The most popular varieties are Bluecrop, Duke,Draper and Brigitta. They belong to the Genus Vaccinium and prefer to be grown in acid soils.
There are three types of apples produced in Ireland: dessert,culinary and cider apples. Irish apples have been grown commercially for over a century. Around 90% of all fresh apple retail is through the supermarket multiples. Outgraded apples from both dessert and culinary apple production are used to make cider, which consists of about a third of the acreage grown.
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