Welcome to CranLife, a website dedicated to all things cranberry. Here you will find everything you have ever wanted to know about cranberries.
We will look at the history of cranberries, including the origin of the name. You will find recipes, information about the nutritional benefits of cranberries, how cranberries help your health, and even how to grow cranberries in your home garden.
We welcome your comments and will be glad to research any requested subject related to cranberries and provide you the information you seek.
Join us as we enjoy learning everything about the amazing cranberry.
- Cranberries are also called “bounceberries” because they bounce when ripe.
- Over 700 million cranberries are produced in the United States each year.
- Wisconsin, the nation’s #1 cranberry producer, is responsible for over 400 million pounds each year.
- Wisconsin cranberry growers annually harvest enough cranberries to supply every man, woman and child in the world with 26 cranberries.
- The cranberry is Wisconsin’s official state fruit.
- Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington also are large cranberry-growing states.
- Only 5% of the cranberries grown are sold fresh. The rest are turned into cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, and other cranberry goodies.
- The cranberry plant is described as an evergreen dwarf, creeping shrub, or a low-lying trailing vine.
For Those of You Who Love Science
Cranberries belong within the family of Ericaceae, in the genus: Vaccinium, and subgenus: Oxycoccos. Scientific name: Vaccinium macrocarpon.
Vacca, means cow because cows seem to be fond of them; Oxycoccos refers to the sharp leaves of the plant. This name is primarily used in Europe. In North America, the large-berry variety commercially produced is called V. macrocarpon, from macro which means large, with oval leaves.
The Cranberry in Literature
A nursery rhyme mentions cranberries. It dates back to 1714 – the first known printing.
“There was an old woman lived under the hill,
And if she’s not gone she lives there still.
Baked apples she sold, and cranberry pies,
And she’s the old woman that never told lies.”