Tuesday, January 26, 2016

C/ABC

Two cranberries ready for picking

 C is for Cranberries

Last October my husband visited  a cranberry farm in Bala, Ontario, a place I have been to before and will very likely visit at least one more time because we missed seeing the machines that harvest the berries. Well, I've seen it in past years but now I want to photograph the operation.

 A field of cranberries

The fields will probably be flooded and the cranberries picked by machine. But I learned this year that cranberries can also be dry harvested. I've never witnessed that.

 Cranberry sausage

Doesn't this sausage look yummy? It's topped with homemade cranberry relish.

Honey, cranberry jams and wine

2-letter Scrabble word

Bonus C word: I kid you not that Ch is valid in Scrabble...but nowhere else, it appears! I'm not making this up. (But the Scrabble Dictionary might be.) Look for it in the 5th edition of the Official Scrabble Dictionary and see for yourself.

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56 comments:

Andy said...

I was at the Bala cranberry festival once. It was a great weekend for me and wife.

Margaret Adamson said...

yes the sausage with the cranberry relish looks yummy

Jo said...

Cranberries are a luxury fruit in South Africa. I buy them dried and use them in stuffings for myself, being a vegetarian. Is the CH relevant to the word cranberry? Just wondered! Thanks for an interesting post. I look forward to when you photograph the dry cranberry harvest. Thanks for an interesting post. Jo

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

mmm

Gill - That British Woman said...

been there also, and thoroughly enjoyed it. We also missed the harvest. Love the wine that they sold, very tasty.

Maks said...

I love dried cranberries with pomegranate juice. Fantastic. I greet! :)

Kate said...

Cranberries are such a delight to eat and I am surprised that they are not used in more recipes year-round, rather than mostly at Thanksgiving in the U.S. I use dried cranberries year round. And the fresh ones from Wisconsin that I buy when available are wonderful.

TexWisGirl said...

yum to cranberries! didn't know about dry harvest either!

Christine said...

As a lover of all things cranberry I would love to see the cranberry harvest and yes, the cranberry sausage sandwich looks delicious!

VP said...

I quite like cranberries...

Mary Hone said...

I love cranberries, that would be a great place to visit.

William Kendall said...

My parents made it out to Bala once for the festival. I rather like the combination of cranberries and white chocolate.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I like cranberry juice but would choose other berries over the cranberry itself. But the sandwich would definitely change my mind about that.

Taken For Granted said...

Love cranberries, but only seen them in fields once or twice. Interesting photos.

Jeevan said...

Yummy berries and also beautiful field image! I too wonder how the harvesting machine work on the berry field... hope it must be interesting to watch.

Rebecca said...

I wonder what CH means? I visited a cranberry farm earlier this year and then was on a cranberry recipe craze through the holidays.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Delicious choice fot this weeks letter ;-) You create an appetite in me ;-)

Have a nice abc-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Sandra said...

that looks so good on the sausage. i love those sausage and put mine in a bun, and dip the end in maple syrup. daddy taught me that trick because he alwasy wrapped his in a slice of white bread and dipped it in cane syrup

Rose said...

Why of course it is a word...it is part of ch-ching! I was thinking of the ch-ching of a cash register, but looked it up and too much to read. Or give examples.

I hope you do get to photograph the cranberries being harvested...

Rose said...

I meant i looked up ch-ching....not just ch.

Photo Cache said...

Yes the sausage made my mouth water.

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RedPat said...

I love cranberry sauce on lots of things like tuna salad sandwiches!

Hildred said...

Lots of cranberry fields in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia - I am staggered by the validity of the scrabble word....

Ruth Hiebert said...

I do hope you get to take pictures of the cranberry harvest and then post them here.I have never seen this done.

cieldequimper said...

Making me hungry!

Leslie: said...

There's a lovely little shop in Fort Langley (near Vancouver) that sells freshly made cranberry products. I go usually in early fall to get something new each year to use for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Love the look of that cranberry sausage! Looks yummy!

Leslie
abcw team

Jens Hamn said...

thank for your story, an impression of being with you! I like the picture of the landscape, it reminds me home :)

DeniseinVA said...

As a scrabble player I really appreciate the last shot :) Very interesting about cranberries, I never knew that. Love your photos. The macro shot is impressive.

Kay said...

This is great to see, and very pretty. Cranberries are grown in southwestern Washington state but I'm not sure if I've seen the fields.

Cloudia said...

ch - eese and crackers!
Love all the tasty shots today

Lowell said...

Cranberries are nice but I'll take dark cherries any day of the week! I've seen photos or video of cranberries being harvested in flooded fields ... looks interesting and perhaps a little difficult.

Barb said...

I love when cranberries are in season and try to stock pile some bags in the freezer. That "ch" is curious - I may have to use it if my granddaughter is beating me!

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! gorgeous cranberry shot and then a sausage sandwich topped with cranberry relish ~ delightful post for C ~

Wishing you the best in each day. ~ ^_^

Revrunner said...

I remember visiting a cranberry bog somewhere up around New Brunswick.

genie said...

Cranberry Aussage and wine is a first for me. I would love to try them both. A clever post today.

happywonderer.com said...

Yum...cranberry sausage! Looks like a fun outing to see the cranberry fields or how they are harvested...

A Quiet Corner said...

I love anything cranberry and this place would be on the top of my list!...:)JP

Michelle said...

I never considered they were dry harvested....not that I know much about cranberries! lol

photowannabe said...

I do love cranberries, especially as a relish. good stuff for the body too.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I miss my Bala! I loved the winery!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love cranberries and my wife basically worships them. I would love to see a real cranberry bog at least once.

Ch a word!! I learn something new every day. I wonder if it is for WWF?

Susan Anderson said...

Those cranberries are gorgeous! Boy, does that color POP!

=)

stardust said...

I like cranberry juice and berries with yogurt. The cranberry sausage is mouth-watering.

Yoko

Indrani said...

Nothing like ripe fruits straight from tree.

Halcyon said...

I hope you'll get back for cranberry harvest. That would be neat to see!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love cranberries, but have not been fortunate enough to visit a field of them. I didn't know they could be dry harvested, so I learned something new too. Happy ABC Wedneday! #36

Shooting Parrots said...

That cranberry sausage is makingme feel so hungry :)

Lea said...

I've never seen cranberries growing or being harvested. Hope you get some good photos to share with the rest of us.

Amy at love made my home said...

I do love all things cranberry! xx

PerthDailyPhoto said...

And sooo healthy too EG!

LindyLou Mac said...

Calling by for ABC Wednesday, i like cranberries, particularly tasty in cheese.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Ha, I wonder if that word works with Words With Friends (I am sort of addicted to that game on line, especially since I can't find anybody to play Scrabble with these days).

I did NOT know cranberries could be dry harvested -- we have watched the 'wet' harvest operation on the Oregon Coast near Bandon -- it's a big crop there, though all you ever hear about is ones from 'up East'. And your sausage is making me hungry!!!

fredamans said...

I love cranberries! They are great for me with having diabetes.

Roger Owen Green said...

I love cranberry juice, jam, fruit, and whatever that stuff they serve at Thanksgiving.
ROG, ABCW

Powell River Books said...

I love cranberries in sauce, dried, juiced, and fresh for making muffins. We have a section of town called Cranberry Lake. The small shallow lake was prime growing territory until everything built up around it. - Margy

Jack said...

My good friend lives next to a cranberry bog in Massachusetts and I visit all the time, but I have still never seen a cranberry harvest. The things we take for granted . . .

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