Posted by: x | November 22, 2010

Cranberries

I love cranberries.

They are beautiful, festive, and delicious.

I used to associate them more with Christmas than Thanksgiving, but I was surprised to learn recently that they were a big part of the original Thanksgiving feast. Along with corn, cranberries were one of the plants that Native Americans introduced to the Pilgrims. In fact, according to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association, cranberries, blueberries, and concord grapes are the only fruits native to the U.S. that are commercially grown today.

The Pilgrims originally called them craneberries, because they thought the blossom drooping from the stem looked like a crane’s head. Later, it was shortened to cranberries.

And that’s your interesting Thanksgiving tidbit for today.

Happy cooking!

 

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Responses

  1. and they are so good for you too πŸ™‚

  2. I bought a massive bag of Craisins at Costco…so I think I will be making lots of cranberry recipes this fall/winter!! Let me know if you have any good ones πŸ˜‰


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