- Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and vitamin E
How do you pick good ones?
Choose fresh, plump cranberries, deep red in color, and quite firm to the touch.
How do they grow?
Cranberries grow on long-running vines in sandy bogs and marshes.
Did you know?
- In addition to the blueberry and concord grape, the cranberry is one of only a handful of major fruits native to North America.
- The cranberry gets its name from Dutch and German settlers, who called it “crane berry.” When the vines bloom in the late spring and the flowers’ light pink petals twist back, they have a resemblance to the head of bill of a crane. Over time, the name was shortened to cranberry.
- During the days of wooden ships and iron men, American vessels carried cranberries. Just as the English loved limes, American sailors craved cranberries. It was the cranberry’s generous supply of vitamin C that prevented scurvy.
- Dennis, Massachusetts was the site of the first recorded cranberry cultivation in 1816.
- Legend has it that the Pilgrims may have served cranberries at the first Thanksgiving in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- During World War II, American troops required about one million pounds of dehydrated cranberries a year.
- The hearty cranberry vine thrives in conditions that would not support most other crops: acid soil, few nutrients and low temperatures, even in summer.
- Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not grow in water. They are grown on sandy bogs or marshes. Because cranberries float, some bogs are flooded when the fruit is ready for harvesting.