Canadian Cranberries are Cropping Up Everywhere

While most commercial cranberry production in Canada occurs in British Columbia and Quebec, Canadian cranberries are big business worldwide. In fact, they're becoming so popular that keeping up with demand is one of the industry's fastest-growing challenges.

Plant cloning from stem cuttings or whole-plant divisions has existed for many centuries. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) researchers have developed a plant-cloning method called "micropropagation" that's helping the cranberry industry increase harvests and yields. This method involves identifying plants with wanted qualities (such as producing a lot of fruit) and cloning them in the lab by taking tissue from a single plant and producing in vitro many other from the same source. These plants are then transferred to greenhouses, and eventually to the fields, where they grow in abundance. This helps to satisfy a growing global demand for the tart red treat.

Also, recent studies have shown that cranberries provide a remarkable range of health benefits, including high levels of antioxidants, antibiotic qualities and disease-fighting properties, making cranberries rising stars in the berry world.

Fresh or dried, Canadian cranberries are a tasty, healthy, versatile snack!

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