Number of the Day: $30.9 million

September 27, 2010 | Number of The Day

New Jersey’s cranberry harvest begins right about now. This year’s crop is expected to decline from last year’s production of 555 barrels, which earned Garden State growers $30.9 million in 2009. New Jersey is number three in the nation in cranberry production, following Wisconsin and Massachusetts.

Other interesting facts about cranberries: They are one of three fruits native to North America, the other two being blueberries and concord grapes. Although cranberries are cultivated near wetlands, they actually grow in dry marshes that are flooded during the harvest. Small pockets of air in the cranberries make the fruit float to the surface of the water, making them easy to collect.