Publication - Crop Profile for Cranberry in Canada
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Crop Profile for Cranberry in Canada
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The large-fruited, American cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon, is a member of the heath (Ericaceae) family. Native to North America, commercial production of cranberry in Canada began in 1872 in Nova Scotia when William McNeil of Melverne Square in the Annapolis Valley planted a small cranberry patch at the end of a bog. Despite periods of expansion and decline, Nova Scotia has sustained a commercial cranberry industry until the present day. In recent years, production has also begun in the adjacent Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, as well as in other provinces including Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.