This past weekend, I went to a cranberry bog in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is the #1 cranberry grower in the USA. Massachusetts was #1 for a while, but they didn’t have the space to expand. Wisconsin had the space to expand, though. Oregon is a big grower, too. The coolest thing was that I got to put on hip boots and stand in the bog like the Ocean Spray guys!
In the picture, the berries aren’t as red as the ones you see in the Ocean Spray commercials because of the weather. The bog owners said they were a week or so behind because the weather was too mild. The berries turn red in colder weather.
Some other cranberry facts are:
- You need special dirt and sand to grow cranberries.
- Cranberries don’t grow on water. They grow in the ground and farmers flood the areas to harvest the berries.
- Cranberries don’t have seeds. In order to plant them, you need a cranberry vineclipping.
- The berries have four air cells, so they float when put in/on water.
- If you take care of them, cranberry vines can bear fruit for almost 100 years!
- If you plant cranberries, you won’t see any (good) berries for about 3-5 years.
- You can dip cranberries in melted caramel or chocolate and stick them into little pumpkins via toothpicks. It’s a great party treat.
We also went to the Cranberry Discovery Center in Warrens and got to try different cranberry creations like cranberry salsa and cranberry ice cream. The salsa was okay but I’m not a big salsa person. I did, however, like the cranberry chocolate swirl dip, especially on pretzel sticks. My favorite, though, was the chocolate-covered cranberry caramel swirl ice cream! Yummy! Yummy! 🙂