I love these little guys. I think these are among the most beautiful of all wildflowers and it’s a shame most people never get to glance at them.
This photo was taken at the (gulp) off-limits pond on the Hollenback Trail.
But along with being the only place I’ve ever found a large stand of maidenhair fern, this pond is like the Mother of all cranberry sites. All around it, from shore’s edge 20 to 30 feet deep are cranberries, cranberries, cranberries.
When they are in bloom, it takes your breath away: The sheer beauty nature is capable of.
And now, to pad out this post as always, something from someone else. This time 10 alledged “fun” facts about cranberries. Now you know.
Nov 3rd 2015
- Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America.
- The 5 states known for growing cranberries are: Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington.
- Cranberries have small pockets where air seeps into that allows them to float.
- Cranberries do not grow in water.
- Cranberries are approximately 90% water.
- Cranberries are typically in season from October until December.
- Cranberries can be used as fabric dyes.
- Cranberries have many health benefits such as preventing urinary tract infections, aiding in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and helping slow down tumor progression.
- Only about 5% of cranberries are sold fresh while the rest are turned into cranberry juice, sauce, etc.
- One cup to cranberries is about 50 calories