cranberries, credit: Dan Nydick CC BY-NC 2.0


  • Mostly under 20 cm in height
  • Flowers pink, berries red/purple


  • Wet areas and near bogs, ponds and lakes

Harvesting Time

  • September to November (best after first frost)

Uses and Related Information

  • Berries can be eaten raw or processed into jams or jellies, juices, sauces or teas
  • Berries can also be added to both sweet or savoury foods, such as pies, muffins, soups, stews or salads
  • The health benefits of cranberries are said to include reduced risk of the formation of kidney stones, and relief from bladder infections, cramps and nausea
  • Tannins in the cranberries are said to improve heart health and reduce both tooth decay and the formation of plaque on teeth


Consume only in moderation to avoid possible irritation of stomach