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Sunlight changes the color of cranberries. Cranberries that get the most sun turn red. These berries are often at the top of the vine. Cranberries that get the least sun are white. These are lower on the vine.

Some growers do not harvest cranberries in water. They push a machine across the dry vines. The machine is like a rake. It combs the berries off the vines. Then it pulls them up into bags.

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Cranberries are tart. Do you like tart foods? Why or why not?


Have you read about another kind of fruit that needs special care to grow? How does it grow differently than cranberries?


Cranberries grow in the United States. What is another crop that grows in the United States?

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