For about 10 months of the year, cranberries never pass our lips. We neither
eat them, nor speak of them. Then along comes Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Cranberries as a fruit rolls onto the scene. For just a little while, we
can't get enough of them.
Cranberries are grown in bogs, and are native to North America.. They are
grown in very few areas of the U.S. Cape Cod and Plymouth Rock areas of
Massachusetts, are where most cranberries are grown. But cranberries are
also grown in New Jersey, Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Canada.
Very few of us have ever trudged through the bogs of New England, in search
of cranberries for the dinner table. If you did, you would be looking for
an evergreen vine that grows low to the ground. The white or pink flowers
give way to red, oval berries with a tart taste. The berries are harvested
in September and October, just in time for you to use them in your favorite
Cranberries have had medicinal uses, most commonly for treating urinary
infections. It also is high in Vitamin C and is often eaten to help fight
and avoid colds. In the 1800's, American sailors ate cranberries on long
voyages to prevent scurvy.
Did you know? It was unlikely that Cranberry sauce was on the menu
at the first Thanksgiving. Cranberry sauce requires sugar, which was in short
supply in those early days. But cranberries were most likely there,
as they ripened just in time for the Thanksgiving feast.
May we suggest:.......
Cranberry Drop Cookie
Cape Cod Cranberry
by North Carolina State University
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