Cranberry History

Known cranberry history began when first nations people used cranberries to mix with dried meat when they made pemmican, a dried meat mixture used to provide food for long journeys and over the winter months. They also used it medicinally, and as a fabric dye.

1600s - some records of early settlers starting to use cranberries and make cranberry juice

1800s - cranberries were first cultivated intentionally and exported to Europe for sale. By the end of the 1800s cranberry cultivation was 'big business', and 'improved' harvesting inventions were numerous.

The first Cranberry Growers' Association was founded in 1888.

1900s - over the course of the 1900s the cranberry market grew significantly, largely as a result of improved harvesting techniques combine with the marketing of cranberry juice benefits. The first pre-made cranberry sauce was sold in 1912.

Water harvesting was successfully used starting in the 1960s. Sprinklers were installed in the cranberry bogs to flood them. Because cranberries have an air pocket in them, they naturally rise to the top, where they can be easily harvested.

The market demands for cranberry products, specifically juices, began to increase significantly.

Cranberries began to be used as an ingredient in processed foods all over the world in the 1990s.

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