Frequently Asked Questions

Do Cranberries Float?

Yes, the berries have hollow chambers which allow them to float in water.

Can cranberries be frozen?

Yes, they can be frozen up to 2 years and used in baking, relish recipes, or for juice. Rinse berries, remove debris, pat dry, and seal in freezer bags or containers. To prevent clumping remove as much water as possible. Or they could be frozen in water. When ready to use, thaw and discard water.

Why are some cranberries white?

The sun turns the cranberries red. White berries need to sunbathe more. They taste the same and turn red when cooked.

Can cranberries be dehydrated?

Yes, but the process is different than sweeter, softer fruits. Just experiment until you get the formula that works for you. Here are some tips from the folks who stopped by the farm and had success dehydrating cranberries. Cut the cranberries in half and dip into simple syrup. Drain and place in dehydrator.

Do cranberries grow in water?

No. Cranberries grow in soil and are watered as needed like other fruits and vegetables. When harvested the beds are flooded. The fruit is the beaten loose from the vine and will float to the surface. It then can be easily sucked into a hopper using pumping equipment.

Do cranberries grow on a tree or bush, and how are they planted?

Neither. Cranberries are perennial vines which produce every year. Some cranberry beds are over 50 years old. They also grow wild in wet areas called bogs. On farms they grow in beds. A cranberry bed is planted with vines that have been cut from older, good producing plants. There are many varieties of cranberries. The vines are mowed and bailed, they are then scattered evenly over the prepared soil and tapped into the new bed with a machine. The new plantings must be watered as needed. After a few weeks new roots will take hold, and fresh green growth will appear on the brown vines. It will be 3-5 years before a crop can be harvested. Beds continue to produce fruit for more than 50 years.

Why should I eat cranberries?

Like so many other berries, cranberries are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. The naturally tart berry prohibits the growth of several types of foodbourne bacteria. Research has proven the cranberry to also be beneficial in fighting tooth decay. This versatile juice can be sweetened & mixed with other juices to create delicious, refreshing, and healthy drinks.

Do all cranberries come from Oceanspray?

No. Ther are many companies who buy and sell cranberries. Just like there are many farms that grow and sell fruit and vegetables which end up being packaged and sold under different brands.