All About Cranberries
Did you know that Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries, with over half of U.S. production (Massachusetts is #2)? I held these colorful, deep red berries in my hand last week when I visited one of our Wisconsin-based growers’ bogs during the peak of harvest season. Our growers harvest millions of pounds of cranberries every autumn when the small but mighty berries reach their prime.
Most people are familiar with seeing the bright red cranberries floating in large bogs filled with water. This is called “wet harvesting” where growers flood the bog with up to 18 inches of water the night before the berries are harvested with a machine that gently agitates the water to loosen the cranberries from the vine. An air pocket helps the berry float to the surface of the water where the berries are collected, loaded into trucks and taken to a processing facility, one step closer to becoming the delicious dried Graceland Fruit you’ll find at your local grocery store.
As far as healthy foods go, dried cranberries are near the top of the list due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. Our dried cranberries are gluten-free, allergen-free, Non-GMO and contain no artificial colors or flavors. They are a great source of fiber and promote heart health giving them the commercial status as a “super fruit.”
Adding dried cranberries to your favorite recipes is an easy way to get a nutritional boost. From baked cranberry oatmeal to herbed cranberry chicken to no-bake almond cranberry energy bars, you’ll find delicious, family-friendly recipes here on our website.
Enjoy the cranberry goodness!