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.