Blueberries have been named the official Mississippi state fruit.
On Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves signed House Bill 1027, officially designating the blueberry as the state fruit of Mississippi.
According to WLOX, a group of 4th-grade students who attend Mannsdale Upper Elementary School in Madison County led the way on the issue as a result of a school project.
WLOX reports that the students researched the fruit, lobbied representatives, and joined Gov. Reeves for the bill signing at the capitol on Monday alongside the bill author, Rep. Jill Ford.
“I was happy to sign this legislation into law,” said Gov. Reeves. “This is all thanks to the initiative of these great Mannsdale Upper Elementary School students. I’m very proud of their efforts leading the way on this issue and rallying the legislature to their cause. I enjoyed meeting them at the signing ceremony. They have bright futures ahead of them.”
Mississippi Department of Health also posted the news to their Facebook page.
Blueberries are a great thing to add to your diet!
They are low in fat and sodium, high in antioxidants, and super easy to freeze and save for later.