Do Cranberries Have Seeds?
Cranberries are enjoyed fresh, dried, and cooked, in the form of juices, salads, jams, etc. Thanks to their slightly tart but very specific aroma and fragrance, cranberries are often mixed with other foods.
However, many people rarely eat fresh cranberries and often wonder if the cranberries have seeds at all and, if they do, are their seeds edible...
Published: September 13, 2022.
Cranberries and seeds: Cranberries do have seeds, which are small, but when You chew cranberries, You will easily notice them.
Cranberry seeds are edible and are loaded with healthy oils, minerals, fibers, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds that make cranberries so healthy.
However, if You don't like to chew cranberry seeds, freshly made cranberry juice also contains plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and can provide many health benefits.
In home gardens, cranberries are best grown in the trenches or pots due to their requirement of a rather acidic soil (pH 4.0-5.5), using certified plants from the garden centers or online shops.
However, in the wild, cranberries reproduce in several ways:
- by underground shoots that develop underground and develop trailing branches above the ground.
- by runners – shoots that touch topsoil develop roots, and after some time, these clones can be replanted elsewhere.
- by seeds - birds, animals, and humans eat ripe cranberries and carry their seeds away from the mother plant, helping with the propagation of cranberry plants.
Also, it is possible to grow cranberry plants by rooting the cranberry cutting.
As one can see, cranberries are easy to grow and propagate plants that are very resilient to cold weather, they fruit great tasting fruits and can be rather decorative - if You have some free space in your garden, feel free to try to grow a few of them.
If You find great-tasting wild cranberries, consider taking a few cuttings and try to root them, or try to extract some seeds and try to plant them at home.
If some of your friends have great-tasting cranberries, consider taking a few cuttings and root them, or even better/faster, consider finding the same plants in local garden center or some online shop.