Low-bush Cranberries


At a recent farm stay over the weekend, the smell was everywhere – that pungent, somewhat stinky odor…not of manure, but of fall cranberries. I looked, and looked, and looked – nothing. Until I looked down instead of up. I’m good and used to harvesting high-bush cranberries, and even have some planted in my yard, but have never come across the low-bush variety, although I knew they existed. Hardly breaking 3′, they took a while to find but once we did the plants themselves were everywhere.


7 Responses

  1. Karlynn says:

    I’m thinking my cranberry jelly would be amazing with some of that goats cheese you are tasting this Saturday…sigh.

  2. So are these just young high-bush cranberries or a different variety altogether? Do they have the same three-lobed leaves that turn red about this time of year? Do they taste any different?

  3. Kevin says:

    Karlynn – yeahhhh..
    Allan – I don’t believe they’re young high-bush, as there were no tall specimens anywhere in this mature forest. Otherwise, largely the same. This may help:

  4. [...] foraging successes, especially having spent far too much time harvesting far too few berries of the low-bush variety. Rather than a sheet pan one layer deep of low-bush, roughly the same amount of time spent picking [...]

  5. MikeH says:

    You wouldn’t by any chance have any low bush cranberry seeds, would you? I’ve been search everywhere but with no luck.

  6. maryon says:

    To funny the photo is high bush cranberry. Low bush don, t have a stock or leaves

  7. Anna says:

    Low bush cranberries are all over the Yukon. They are excellent in jellies, muffins, pies. I would love to find a place to pick them in central Alberta!

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