Cranberry

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Cranberry bog

Description

A creeping plant with bright red edible berries of the genus Vaccinium, such as the American cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon. Cranberry plants are native to cool, marshy regions in North America, Asia, and Europe. A deep red dye has been made from the extracted color of cranberry fruits.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Vaccinium macrocarpon (American cranberry); craneberry; tranebær (Dan.); Moosbeeren (Deut.); arádanos (Esp.); arielle (Fr.); veenbessen (Ned.); tranbär (Sven.); mirtillo rosso (It.)

Cranberry harvest

Other Properties

Creeping shrub grows to 1.5 m tall. Fruit = Edible round berry (1 cm) ripens to red in early fall.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • R.J. Adrosko, Natural Dyes in the United States, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1968
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "cranberry." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 8 Dec. 2004 .
  • Website address 1 Comment: Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (accessed Oct. 6, 2005)

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