In a yogurt parfait, blended up in a smoothie, smashed into a jam, or plucked straight from the bush – any way you eat them, Minnesotans really love raspberries.
We love the little sweet and tart berries so much, in fact, that the Twin Cities was named the raspberry consumption capital of America.
Driscoll's, a leader in the berry business, says people in Minneapolis and St. Paul eat 132 percent more raspberries each year than the national average household.
And when it comes to overall berry consumption – including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries – the Twin Cities ranked third on the list of Top 10 Berry Loving Cities in America, Driscoll's said.
The degree of berry loving per state was determined by weekly sales at area stores.
Boston came in first on the list, followed by Hartford/New Haven.
Driscoll's says Americans' love of fresh berries is growing – retail sales are up 7.6 percent, and berries have been the best-selling produce category for the past five years.
In celebration, Driscoll’s has launched a nationwide campaign called #BerryTogether to engage berry lovers across the top 10 markets.
The campaign kicked off with a 3D art installation in the Twin Cities.
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Berry lovers also have a chance to win a trip to California as part of the campaign.
To enter, share a photo of yourself enjoying berries on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #BerryTogether.
One grand prize winner will score a family getaway to Monterey, California where Driscoll's berries are grown. Plus, four first place winners will receive a prize of berries for a year.