Emerald Valley Almanac

Time For Cranberries

I am stoked! This is my favorite time of the year – well, at least until spring. The leaves are turning to their kaleidoscope of fall colors, the air is crisp, apples are everywhere, the air smells of woodsmoke, and it’s (finally) cranberry season. So, what is all the fuss about these berries, anyway?
Still growing as bushes, wild cranberries are in Europe, but the cultivated cranberries we eat are found as low trailing vines in sandy bogs. Cranberries also are known as “bounce berries,” since ripe berries bounce, and have earned the name “crane berries” too, since their flowers . . .