Flooded cranberry field.

Cranberries

The tart, ruby red cranberry is a relative of the blueberry and develops naturally in Québec’s peat bogs. Cranberries were part of the diets of the First Nations peoples, who dubbed them atocas. Today, the berries grow in fields that are flooded for the harvest, from late September to late October. Beaters detach the fruit from the branches, and the cranberries float to the surface. They are then collected to make juices, jams and other treats.

Photo: Tourisme Victoriaville et sa région