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Cranberry, genus Vaccinium of the Heather family (Ericaceae), is widely known for its juice that comes from small, tart, red fruits. These plants thrive in acidic, peat-rich soil, and grow on low, trailing vines in bogs and wetlands, mainly in North America. Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and are famously linked in maintaining urinary tract health.


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Cranberry plants are small, evergreen shrubs that thrive in wetlands and acidic bogs. Their bright red berries are harvested between September and October.

Aside from their iconic role in Thanksgiving dishes, cranberries are renowned for their high nutritional value, packed with vitamin C, fiber, and essential antioxidants.

When choosing cranberry plants for your garden, consider factors like soil pH, water availability, and location to ensure a fruitful yield. With proper care, cranberry plants can be a resilient and rewarding addition to your garden or orchard, providing both aesthetic appeal and a yearly harvest of this tangy, health-boosting fruit.

Cranberry FAQ

When is cranberry season?

Cranberry season typically begins in late September and extends through November. The exact timing can vary based on location and specific weather conditions during the growing year. This period is when the berries reach their peak ripeness and exhibit their characteristic deep red hue.

How are cranberries harvested?

Cranberries can be harvested using two primary methods: dry harvesting and wet harvesting. Dry harvesting employs walk-behind machines to comb the ripe berries off the vines. Wet harvesting involves flooding cranberry beds, after which the buoyant berries float to the surface, making them easier to collect with specialized equipment.

Can cranberries be eaten raw?

Yes, cranberries can be eaten raw. While they have a tart flavor when consumed fresh, many people enjoy their crisp texture and sharp taste. They can be used in salads, smoothies, or eaten on their own, though they're often sweetened or mixed with other fruits to balance their sourness.

Can cranberry juice help with constipation?

Cranberry juice is more commonly associated with urinary tract health. However, cranberries are a source of dietary fiber, which can aid in digestion. Drinking a lot of any juice, including cranberry, can promote bowel movements, but it's essential to consume in moderation to avoid other digestive issues.

How does cranberry grow?

Cranberries grow on low trailing vines in acidic bogs and wetlands. The plants have slender, wiry stems and small evergreen leaves. Small pink flowers bloom on the plant, which eventually give way to the red berries. Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not grow underwater; the bogs are flooded only during harvest.