If you’re like most people, you hear the word “cranberry”, and you think “Thanksgiving”! But here at Figi’s, some of us have discovered that cranberries are good in many different forms for all kinds of occasions. We attended the annual Cranberry Festival in Warrens, WI this year for the first time – it’s the largest cranberry festival in the world!
The festival is held in Wisconsin with good reason. Wisconsin grows more cranberries than any other state and produces half of the world’s cranberry supply. And they’re delicious! We sampled cranberry cakes, pies, ice cream, dried cranberries
dipped in chocolate, and enjoyed the aroma of candles made with cranberry. We did not, however, find even a hint of the traditional cranberry sauce!
We learned some interesting facts about cranberries, too! They are one of only three commercially produced fruits that are native to North America, along with blueberries and concord grapes. (Of course, this assumes that you think of pumpkins, squash, and tomatoes as vegetables.)
Cranberries are an incredibly nutritious snack, they contain antioxidants that are believed to protect against heart disease, cancer, and more, plus they are reputed to help prevent ulcers. They also contain hippuric acid which has antibacterial effects. With that in mind, the next time you reach for the chips, why
Figi’s loves to provide tasty cranberry treats to our customers, especially since they are grown just down the road! One of the most beautiful sights in the Wisconsin countryside is the cranberry bog… all those brilliant berries floating in a pool with the lush countryside as a backdrop. These views lead people to believe that cranberries grow in water, but that’s not true. The fact is that cranberry bogs are flooded with water to make them easy to harvest. The berries float to the surface after the fruit is “beaten” off the vine with a harvester. Then it’s scooped up and sent off to become juice or sauce. For fresh cranberries, a picking machine “combs” the fruit from the vines, no water needed. (To learn more, see http://www.wiscran.org/). These berries are available in the produce section at your grocery store for baking and making sauces, salads, and desserts.