I’m such a huge fan of Ocean Spray and have always been fascinated by the cranberry bogs! You’ve seen the commercials, right? I’ve always wondered how those cranberry bogs exactly worked – how do those cranberries float?
On October 16th and 17th, there was a life-size cranberry bog in New York City’s Rockefeller Center! Measuring 1,500-square-feet, the bog contains 2,000 pounds of fresh, floating cranberries!
Watch below as third generation Ocean Spray cranberry grower ,Gary Garretson, shares secrets of the harvest – from how the bogs are flooded and picked to why cranberries float!
I loved learning that the bog in New York City is actually how a cranberry bog looks like! Gary shares what type of equipment they use to help with the harvest.
A few facts that Gary shared about his harvest:
– Some of his plants are over 100 years old!
– Next year’s cranberries are already on the bog!
– He was an early part of the Ocean Spray Cooperative.
– Cranberries actually float because of the natural air chamber inside, it’s actually hollow!
Fun Cranberry Secrets
- If you strung together all the cranberries produced in North America last year, they would stretch from Boston to Los Angeles more than 565 times.
- Cheryl Cook created the first Cosmopolitan, bringing the cranberry front and center as a versatile mixer.
- The key ingredient to making sure cranberry sauce gels is pectin. Cook the sauce for at least 10 minutes at a full boil to release it.
- Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and have more naturally occurring antioxidants per gram than other common fruit.
- You can taste the healthy goodness of the cranberry. PACs, or proanthocyanadins, are responsible for cranberry’s tart taste and give them a healthy edge.
- Eight ounces of cranberry juice cocktail, 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries and 1/4 cup of dried cranberries or cranberry sauce each provide the same urinary tract health bene
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Disclosure: I was compensated for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.