What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You About Food
The cranberry, sometimes called bounceberry, a small tart-tasting red berry, has been most popular in the past for the deep red sauce we traditionally make with our Thanksgiving turkey. It is said that Benjamin Franklin, visiting London to plead the ease of the colonies, wrote and begged his daughter to send cranberries, one of the foods for which he was homesick.
There are 3 types of cranberries available in Saskatchewan.
- Vaccinium Macrocarpon - Canadian Commercial crop, grows on a small trailing evergreen shrub in low laying acid bogs, mainly in BC and Nova Scotia
- Vaccinium Oxycoccus - Northern/European Cranberry, are small firm berries found in Northern Canada, Northern Europe and Northern Asia. These grow very close to the ground in sandy soil, usually in spruce and pine forest areas
- Viburnum Tribolum - High bush or Cranberry Tree, is an ornamental plant, not a true cranberry. It grows in Northern United States and Canada.