Cranberry Sauce: Traditional And Now Cranky

Turkey With Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving dinner plates throughout Canada expect to be filled with various rich flavours this weekend. Cranberry sauce is likely to bring a tang.

But among the many advantages of the vivid red fruit, some diners crave the acidity.

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Cranberries are plucked from their vines during the harvest and float to the surface of flooded wetlands.

According to Matt Commandant, manager of Iroquois Cranberry Growers in the Muskoka region of Ontario, “cranberries are an unusual fruit.”

While Commandant refrains from describing the native North American fruit cranberries as “wonderful,” he easily extols several of their “neat features.

Cranberry Sauce Benefits

Antioxidant-rich berries have long been touted to have various health advantages, including the capacity to reduce inflammation and fight cancer, and a variety of health advantages, including the ability to reduce inflammation, fight cancer, and, some people believe, urinary tract infections.

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harvesting cranberries

The physical makeup of cranberries is also advantageous for how harvesting takes place from flooded bogs or marshes.

According to Commandant, “They have air cells in them so that they will float, making it easier for us to collect them. We utilize this water approach, where the machine knocks the berries off the vine, and they float to the surface, then we corral them in.

Distinguishing Between Good And Bad

Cranberries that are good quality will also bounce, as opposed to those that aren’t as crisp or rigid.

The Commandant explains, “We have a mechanism that will sort the good from the bad.”

Collecting cranberries in net

Because they are air-filled within and float, cranberries are easier for producers to harvest.

The slush buckets at the bottom catch the poor cranberries as they slide through.

At the end of September or the start of October, harvesting starts.

According to Commandant, “We think of it as having a window in October.”

He admits that not everyone may enjoy the berry’s tartness, but he firmly belongs to the latter group.

“In terms of taste, it’s a love-it-or-hate-it fruit. Several folks enjoy cranberries with their turkey,” he claims.

“Yes, I do love it all year long. Almost everyone at the table desires it. It plays a significant role in their Thanksgiving.”

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  1. Tim Ladi

    The cranky cranberry is perfect! Just picked some up for thanksgiving and it’s the perfect about of kick with the cranberry! Lingers a little but not to hot just the perfect amount of spice!!!

    • thecark

      Love the feedback, thanks! Happy thanksgiving to you and the fam!


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