Cranberries might have one of the more spectacular-looking harvests of any food. Every October, cranberry bogs full of low-growing, fruit-bearing, woody vines are flooded with water. As harvesters drive through, the mature cranberries separate from the vines, rising to the water’s surface as a stunning red and white drifting mass. There they are corralled with floating booms to be collected and processed.
In this episode of How Does It Grow?, watch as Nicole Cotroneo Jolly walks knee-deep into floating cranberries, taking cameras underwater and high above the bogs to explain the 16 month growth cycle of this native American fruit. Bonus: An orange juice and honey-sweetened cranberry sauce recipe.