Cranberry Facts

Did You Know?:

  • Cranberries do not grow in the water! Cranberries grow on low-lying vines in sandy “bogs,” which are flooded for wet-harvesting in the fall, then re-flooded for the duration of the winter to protect from cold weather damage.
  • Cranberries are one of the three major fruits native to North America (the others are blueberries and Concord grapes).
  • Cranberry Vines are perennial. Some producing cranberry bogs are well over 100 years old.
  • Small air-filled chambers inside a cranberry cause the fruit to bounce, and also to float.
  • A cranberry grower can lose up to 75% of a crop if honeybees or bumblebees do not properly pollinate the cranberry blossoms.
  • Wild cranberries can be found along riverbanks and low-lying areas throughout the Pinelands and along the shore.
  • Ninety-five percent of NJ’s cranberries are sold to Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., a grower-owned cooperative with a receiving station in Chatsworth and a processing plant located in Pennsylvania which together employ close to 300 people.
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