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, Canada, and Europe.
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 (UTIs). Use it regularly to help avoid UTIs. 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.
Cranberries are served at over 94% of Thanksgiving dinners.
Over 770 million pounds of cranberries are consumed on Thanksgiving.
859 million pounds of cranberries were grown in the U.S. in 2016
Cranberries contain over 90% water. It's the other 10% that tastes so
is so healthy for us.
Cranberries are closely related to Blueberries.
In the early 1800's, cranberries were consumed on long sea voyages, to help
The state of Wisconsin, produces about two and a half times more cranberries
Good, ripe cranberries bounce, when dropped on a table. And, they will
float. This is due to a small air pocket inside of the fruit.
American settlers first made cranberry juice in 1683.
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, and consumed in some form, as
they ripened just in time for the Thanksgiving feast.
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Health Benefits of Cranberries
Loaded with antioxidants and essential healthy nutrients, Cranberries offer
many health benefits. Whether you like cranberries or not, drinking a glass
a day, can be very beneficial to your health
Health benefits include:
Fights kidney and bladder problems - prevents kidney stones, too.
Fights cancer - helps avoid and fight breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancers.
Treats urinary tract infections - can block infections from occurring, and
help to fight existing infections.
Fights heart disease - lowers bad cholesterol, prevents plaque build-up in
Prevents dental problems - prevents plaque build-up, gingivitis and gum disease.
Aids in weight loss - flushes system, improves metabolism.
Strengthens immune system - antioxidants flush out harmful toxins.
Improves mental health - helps to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as
Anti-aging properties - helps skin look younger, aids health of internal
relieves skin problems - including acne, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis
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