Soft Cranberries Sweetened

Soft-Cranberries von Seeberger, 125 g

Soft Cranberries Sweetened

Product information

It warms the heart: when you see the bright red berries on opening the bag, and the intense fruity fragrance is released. Because the cranberries are whole, i.e. uncut, they have a very pronounced fruity aroma. Put your feet up, let your favourite music play and pop some soft cranberries onto your tongue. For daydreamers and evening gourmets.

Ingredients

Cranberries (60 %), sugar, sunflower oil.

This product is

  • vegetarian
  • vegan
  • glutenfree*
  • lactosefree*
  • no added salt***
* recipe – cross-contamination possible.
*** Contains naturally occurring sodium.

Nutrition facts

(per 100g)

  • Calories (kj/kcal) 1.250 kj/295 kcal
  • Fat 1,1 g
  • of which saturated fatty acids 0,3 g
  • Carbohydrate 67 g
  • of which sugar 57 g
  • Protein 0,5 g
  • Salt *** 0,03 g

THE JOURNEY OF THE CRANBERRIES

Country of origin

The south and west of Canada have a humid continental climate with wet, relatively warm summers and long, cold winters. These climatic conditions offer the perfect conditions for the best Seeberger cranberries. For Canadians, agriculture is an important economic factor, which is why the farmers grow their fruits, berries and nuts on an impressive 30,000 hectares there. The journey of Seeberger cranberries begins in the fields in Québec, Canada.

Product

Cranberries – crane berry – were given their name by German and Dutch settlers in North America, as the stamens of the flowers resemble the beak of a crane. They are an indispensable part of a traditional Thanksgiving menu. Cranberries have four air chambers, which are especially important when harvesting. They grow on evergreen dwarf shrubs. The German name for this popular fruit is “Kranbeere” a literal translation of “crane berry”, but only cranberry fans know this.

Cultivation / harvesting – Step 1

Cranberries grow on an evergreen, perennial creeping shrub. The plant is native to Québec, but nevertheless, it does not have a great tolerance frost. It is reasonably tolerant down to -5 °C, but still reacts at colder temperatures with a greatly reduced harvest yield or none at all. For protection, the fields are watered or flooded if severe frosts (below -10 to -12 °C) are predicted for several days. The plants then freeze and the metabolic activity is shut down. The ice thaws in the spring and the plant returns to life. The flowering shrubs produce a huge variety of flowers in July. One cycle is 16 months. The formation of buds – next year’s future flowers – is stimulated after the intensive growth period of the fruit. Relatively dry and warm weather promotes their formation and is an indicator of a good harvest in the following year. By the time the leaves of the trees turn red in fall (Indian summer) the cranberries are usually ripe, turn red and can be harvested. The harvest lasts only a very limited time in October. If necessary, this can be started at the end of September. Cranberries are usually not harvested in November.

Cultivation / harvesting – Step 2

The fields are called “bogs” in North America.: because they are flooded for harvesting. The plants cover the entire area almost completely, like a carpet. The bogs are flooded to a height of about 50 cm to protect the plants from the cold and to be able to harvest them. A special machine swirls up the accumulated water to release the ripe fruits from their bushes. The air chambers inside the cranberries cause them to rise to the surface of the water. Now the workers can use nets, rakes and hoses to collect the floating berries or vacuum them up. The fruit is separated from the water by an extraction system. The fresh harvest is sieved for pre-cleaning and the water is returned to the field. A pump or a conveyor belt is then used to move them to the waiting trucks for transportation. The first washing takes place before transporting and the second in the processing plant. There, the fruits are sorted by machine according to various characteristics. Freezing for three weeks provides the fruit with the desired red color. The cranberries are then pressed and, if necessary, halved. They lose about 40% of their juice. They can now start to absorb moisture again and are bathed in a mixture of the escaped juice and sugar. 75% is thus reabsorbed. They enter the drying tunnel while still warm. Here they dry over circulating hot air. Then the cranberries are packed and make their way to us in Ulm.

Partnership

We have been working with our partner for over 15 years. He has accompanied us from the beginning with small quantities until today. Québec is one of the best growing regions in the world. In addition, he has been committed to a responsible approach to nature, people and consumers for years. Our supplier at the place of origin has developed various measures to save fertilizers /pesticides, electricity and water.

Sustainability

Due to the ice-sanding process, our supplier saves fertilizers and pesticides. This acts like a recovery cure on the bogs. In the process, sand is sprinkled on the frozen bog. As soon as the ice melts, the sand settles on the plants and the ground. This destroys pests and stimulates the growth of plants. In addition, several farmers can use the same water via channels and pipes, so that significant quantities can be saved.

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