Cranberry (Oxycoccus Vaccinium)

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  1.   1.  Description
    1.   1.1  Types
    2.   1.2  Growth
  2.   2.  Obtainment
  3.   3.  Uses
    1.   3.1  Medicine
  4.   4.  More
  5.   5.  'Souls
Common Name Cranberry
Latin Name Oxycoccus Vaccinium
Icon(s) Cranberry Red berries (general icon)
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1.  Description

Cranberries are related to bilberries, blueberries, and huckleberries, all in Vaccinium subgenus Vaccinium. These differ in having stouter, woodier stems forming taller shrubs.

1.1  Types

  • Northern Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos): It has small 5–10 mm leaves. The flowers are dark pink, with a purple central spike, produced on finely hairy stems. The fruit is a small pale pink berry, with a refreshing sharp acidic flavour.

1.2  Growth

They can be found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere.

Flooded Beds

This method is less frequently used by Luperci: it requires much more maintenance. Dry picking is the preferred method for most canines.

Historically, cranberry beds were constructed in wetlands. A common misconception about cranberry production is that the beds remain flooded throughout the year. During the growing season cranberry beds are not flooded, but are irrigated regularly to maintain soil moisture. Beds are flooded in the autumn to facilitate harvest and again during the winter to protect against low temperatures. In cold climates, the winter flood typically freezes into ice.

Cranberries are harvested in the fall when the fruit takes on its distinctive deep red color. This is usually in September through the first part of November. To harvest cranberries, the beds are flooded with six to eight inches of water above the vines.

2.  Obtainment

Very Common. Native to Nova Scotia and often cultivated by humanity.

3.  Uses

  • Edible: Has an acidic taste that can overwhelm its sweetness.
    • Cranberry wine
  • Dye: Very deep, vivid red

3.1  Medicine

  • Cranberries have many health benefits for canines. Canine urinary tract infections can be very harmful for canines and can be dispelled with cranberries.

4.  More

5.  'Souls

  • Hey, did your character do something cool with this plant?
  • Or maybe your pack has it for trade?

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