Archive | Blueberries, the passion fruit of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

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Archives | Blueberries, the passion fruit of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

Blueberries have over time become a symbol for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Picking blueberries wild blueberries have been part of the culture of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean for decades, and the craze continues unabated. Follow the blueberry journey in the archives, from picking to its celebration at the annual Mistassini Festival.

These images of wild blueberry picking are presented on the L'actualité program of September 22, 1957. We see seasonal workers busy in the blueberry fields of the region.

Editing of a report on wild blueberry picking and canning in the factory. Music has been added.

The small blue fruits are then processed in the factory. The quantity produced is very impressive.

The wild blueberry harvest takes place from mid-August to mid-September. In the woods or in blueberry fields, with family or friends, blueberries can be picked up by hand or with a comb.

For a long time, people from all over Quebec have been coming to Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean starting in August to spend a month camping and picking.

C This is particularly the case of these two women, met on the show Reflets d'un pays on September 14, 1977. They explain to the host Lison Hovington what pushed them to pick blueberries a family activity.

With their many children, they settled at the edge of the woods. Each member of the group collects between 2 and 3 boxes per day.

Report by host Lison Hovington on blueberry picking in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

The small fruit that grows in abundance has become over time a symbol, a driving force of the local economy and a source of great pride for the Saguenay-Jeannois. So much so that they are nicknamed Les Bleuets.

In 1977, the team of the show Reflet d'un pays is moving to the 17th edition of the Mistassini Blueberry Festival. For about ten days, the blueberry and its derivatives are highlighted.

It presents innovative recipes. Contests are organized and there is something for everyone: the biggest blueberry, the most beautiful casseau or even the best pie. Tastings are organized. You can try different blueberry wines and the giant pie.

The city proudly displays its blue color during these few festive days.

< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-1wicwa1-0 ezJcAS">Report by host Lison Hovington on the Mistassini Blueberry Festival in 1977.

We cannot talk about blueberries in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean without mentioning the delicious little treats from the Trappist fathers of Mistassini. Every year since the late 1950s, during picking season, the fathers produce their famous chocolate-covered blueberries.

With the picking season about to begin, lovers of the little blue fruit saguenay-jeannois will be satisfied.

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