The cranberry is a little, red tart fruit with a big punch. Wisconsin produces more of this power-packed berry than any other state in the U.S. In fact, the cranberry is Wisconsin’s official state fruit. It is also the state’s number one fruit crop, both in acres planted and in the industry’s valuable contribution to the state’s economy.
The cranberry, once called “crane berry” by settlers because of its blossom’s resemblance to the sandhill crane, is best known for its place on the Thanksgiving table. But, the fruit has become a year-round favorite, and is making its way into everything from summer salads and jams, to trail mix and cookies. Learn more about the versatility of the cranberry in the kitchen, and even better – how the cranberry is good for you!
Explore the world of cranberries by clicking on any of the links on this page. In this section, you can find interesting cranberry facts and great educational resources for children, as well as photos and video showing how cranberries are grown, harvested and packaged. For more details on growing cranberries, click here.
Did you know...?
Cranberries were first harvested in Wisconsin around 1860 by Edward Sacket in Berlin, Wis.
Wisconsin cranberry growers annually harvest enough cranberries to supply every man, woman and child in the world with 26 cranberries.
Cranberries are now grown in 20 counties throughout central and northern Wisconsin.
And, we bet you thought cranberries were grown in water. Actually, cranberries grow on low-trailing vines in sandy or peat marshes, but in Wisconsin, cranberry marshes are flooded with water to aid in harvesting. Because the tart tiny berries contain a pocket of air, when the marsh is flooded, the berries float to the surface to be picked up by harvesting equipment.
Read more on how cranberries are grown and harvested.
For more cranberry facts:
- Cranberry Production in Wisconsin
- Where You Can See Wisconsin's Cranberry Harvest
- Cranberries in Wisconsin - 2012
- Interesting Cranberry Facts