Happy Thanksgiving! We wanted to share with you these 10 delicious facts about cranberries from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. To learn more about how the cranberry farmers are conserving water read this article from USDA.
1. Cranberries are farmed on about approximately 40,000 acres across the northern United States and Canada.
2. In the United States, cranberries are primarily grown in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.
3. Americans eat around 400 million pounds of cranberries each year, 20% of which are eaten during Thanksgiving week!
4. Honey bees are the primary pollinators of cranberries.
5. Cranberries can take many forms including fresh fruit, juice, sauce and dried.
6. Cranberries are one of only three fruits native to North America. The others are blueberries and Concord grapes.
7. One gallon of cranberry juice contains about 4,400 cranberries.
8. Cranberries grow in low-lying beds, or bogs, that are layered with sand, peat, gravel and clay.
9. Because cranberries have small pockets of air, they can bounce and float!
10. Through a Conservation Innovation Grant, NRCS is helping cranberry farmers use water wisely through technological advancements.