About The River

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wisconsin Cranberries Pt 2

Yummy! Cranberries from Copper River Cranberry Marsh
I bet you thought cranberries were grown in water. Actually, cranberries grow on low - trailing vines in sandy or peat marshes, but in Wisconsin cranberry marshes are flooded with water to aid in harvesting. Because the tart tiny berry contains a pocket of air, when the marsh is flooded the berries float to the surface to be picked up by harvesting equipment.

Cranberries are one of North America's native fruits (concord grapes and blueberries are two others)

It takes three to five years for a new marsh to produce a crop.

Cranberries contain Vitamin C. Long ago sailors ate cranberries to prevent a disease named scurvy.



1 comment:

  1. And aren't they beautiful! :-)
    I think they look especially pretty strung on fishing line with a piece of white popcorn every few inches. :-)

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High Fives from Wisconsin!

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