The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and cranberry fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Cranberry fun facts.

Cranberry Fun Facts: Algonquin Indians were among the first to harvest wild cranberries. They used them for food, medicine, and as a symbol of peace.

  • November 22 is National Cranberry Relish Day.
  • There are several theories as to the origin of the name ‘cranberry.’ One is that the open flowers look like the head of a crane; another is that cranes like to these sour berries.
  • Americans consume 400 million pounds of cranberries each year. 20 percent are eaten during Thanksgiving week.
  • In 1994 the Cranberry was made the official state berry of Massachusetts.
  • The cranberry is one of three fruits native to North America. The other two are the Concord grape and the blueberry.
  • There are approximately 333 cranberries in a pound, 3,333 cranberries in one gallon of juice, 33,333 cranberries in a 100-pound barrel.
  • Cranberry juice contains a chemical that blocks pathogens that cause tooth decay
  • 90% of all cranberries are wet harvested. The bog is flooded then a great big eggbeater knocks the berries off the vine. They float up to the top of the water where they are scooped up.
  • Cranberries can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month, or in the freezer for up to nine months.
  • In 1868 a standard 100 lb. barrel of cranberries sold for $0.58 in Philadelphia, PA.

Cranberry Fun Facts We May Have Missed

Let us know about any Cranberry Fun Facts we missed. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia facts about Cranberries.

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