EN on Foods

November 2001 Issue

Cranberries: Antioxidant Benefits Behind the Tartness

The Folklore: We serve cranberries at Thanksgiving as part of a tradition that began at the first Thanksgiving dinner, when the Pilgrims reportedly served cranberries brought by Native Americans. The natives taught the colonists how to use the red fruit as a natural dye and about its medicinal value in treating arrow wounds, blood and intestinal ailments and preventing scurvy.

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