What am I?
I'm native to the United States and have been an important food for American Indians. Now, I'm most commonly eaten for a day full of turkey and stuffing - like Thanksgiving! I have a lot to offer though and can be enjoyed year round.
Where I grow
I'm a berry, and I grow on vines in northern United States. I grow in a bog, which is a special wetland with sand, gravel, and a plant called peat. These bogs first formed from glaciers. My plant grows every year and can live a very long time! I take my sweet time to grow... 16 months! Many people think I grow in water, but I don't.
After I'm picked
I'm actually not picked. The bog where my plants grow are flooded with water. If I'm ripe, I'll float! Then I am picked up with a special truck.
Even though I take a long time to grow, I never get sweet when I ripen. I'm tart and am usually cooked with sugar. I can also be dried and juiced!
Did you guess... Cranberry
Did you eat cranberries for Thanksgiving? Happy Thanksgiving from Snackster Sam! We are grateful for YOU!
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