Jugos, bebidas, vinos y licoresOct. 3, 2011
A pesar del clima esperan buena cosecha en Wisconsin
The country has seen more than its fair share of freak weather in 2011, but this year’s cranberry harvest seems to have weathered the storm, and wind, and heat, and snow.
In fact, farmers in Wisconsin are saying the crop is actually above average this year. Wisconsin’s fall cranberry harvest kicked off on Tuesday and, as usual, it was no small deal. Visitors from all over the world are welcomed by the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association for the harvest. There was even a party of elite Chinese athletes attending this year at the Elm Lake Cranberry marsh near Wisconsin Rapids. It’s one product (at least) that America exports to China, with the communist country importing nearly two million pounds of the fruit in 2010.
Wisconsin’s harvest produces more than 50 per cent of the world’s supply of cranberries. This year’s crop is expected to yield 4.3 million barrels, so there should be plenty to go around at the Thanksgiving table. The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association (WSCGA) is a member-based organization that works to promote Wisconsin’s cranberry industry and support its growers. There are 160,000 acres of cranberry land in the state. Growers say cranberries get rid of bad bacteria, keep your teeth healthy and contain lots of vitamin C. It also goes well with vodka, apparently.