Cranberries: so berry berry good!
The Centre-du-Québec region harbours Québec’s cranberry capital, Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, where you can immerse yourself in the world of this small red relative of the blueberry, known to the Amerindians as atoca. From September 20 to October 20, you can even witness the cranberry harvest, thanks to the Centre d’interprétation de la canneberge
, in partnership with the provincial cranberry growers association.
At harvest time, the farmer floods the fields with water and, using a motorized water reel, loosens the ripe fruit from the bushes. The berries float to the surface, transforming the fields into a flaming red sea. They’re then corralled, pumped into trucks for sorting and washing, and sent off for transformation into various products, according to market demand. Through the guided tour offered by Centre d’interprétation de la Canneberge, you can also find out about the berry’s medicinal properties, sample the fruit and purchase any number of cranberry by-products.