Winter Bog

Cranberry Bog in January partially flooded; you can see the ice shards forming in the foreground

A vivid childhood memory I have is of digging through bins of old ice skates for a pair that fits, getting bundled up, and driving to a nearby cranberry bog to ice skate on the frozen surface.  Skating on cranberry bogs is a lot safer than skating on ponds because the water isn’t very deep.

Cranberry bogs are flooded in the winter to protect the cranberry plants from extreme cold.  Even a thick layer of ice will rarely reach the water closest to the plants.  Here are a couple activities that keep cranberry growers busy in the winter…

  • Sanding the bogs which has several beneficial effects for the cranberry plants including stimulating growth, improving drainage, and protecting against weeds, insects, and fungi (check out the video below).
  • Because there are fewer than 1000 cranberry growers in North America there is not a big enough demand for commerically manufactured equiptment so growers spend the winters designing, building, and maintaining equipment.

For more info visit: Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association

This video explains the sanding process over ice on Nantucket bogs and how sand’s benefits were discovered…

The following is a list of health benefits associated with cranberries (especially raw whole berries)

  • Cranberries can help prevent and treat UTI’s and stomach ulcers.  They have properties that block bacteria from attaching lining of stomach and urinary tract.
  • They have nutrients and mechanisms which have cancer preventing benefits
  • They have antinflammatory benefits for the cardiovascular system, oral health, and digestive tract
  • They contain antioxidants which combat cell damaging free radicals in our environment
  • Cranberries can help lower the bad cholesterol and increase the good
  • Small studies have shown cranberries can boost your immune system making you less susceptible to colds and other illness

Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=145

Considering all the health benefits of cranberries how about adding some to your salsa for your Superbowl party!  Here is a recipe for cranberry salsa.  I just made it today and it is so yummy!!!  I used dried cranberries which are sweetened but if you are able to get a hold of fresh or even frozen add about a half cup of sugar per 12 ounces of berries (cranberries are not naturally sweet).

Cranberry salsa

Cranberry Salsa 

Ingredients:

  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper chopped
  • juice of one lime
  • half a 9.5 ounce container of sweetened dried cranberries
  • 4 chili peppers chopped with seeds removed
  • half a bunch of cilantro chopped
  • one bunch of green onions chopped

Directions: Combine about half of the ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.  Add remaining half of ingredients and blend until your desired chunkiness.  Put half in a bowl for serving right away and half in a jar and refrigerate for another time.  Serve with corn chips.

It is also great on turkey sandwiches!

save remaining salsa in a jar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann

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14 comments

  1. Ann – THESE are my very favorite kinds of posts. You taught me so much in a fairly brief amount of space. I LOVED the video, I love cranberries, and think it’s cool that you’ve put together a beautiful salsa recipe to boot.

    THANKS for one of my best reading experiences this entire NaBloPoMo!
    ~ RDK

  2. Wow, this is great!
    I had no idea about the cranberry bogs. I decided I’d never skate on a pond, but cranberry bogs sound safe.
    Sauce sounds yummy, might have to acquire some cranberries to try it!

  3. I love cranberries and had no clue how they were grown. This is great! The salsa sounds yummy, never thought about cranberries but yeah, kinda like putting mango in salsa too, a little sweetness.

  4. I always forget about cranberries after Xmas and Thanksgiving. And cranberry salsa or chutney is so good with so many things. I’ll have to try your recipe. It looks delightful.

    • Yes, it is really like a chutney – it is good – my kids ALMOST like it. I really wish I had bought a bag of fresh ones a couple weeks ago when they still had them – then you can control the sugar. They are so good for you!

    • Fun & no worries about falling through! So good for you! I want to go get some frozen berries and try adding them to more foods.

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