EN on Foods

November 2009 Issue

Cranberries, Our Holiday Season’s Sparkling Gem

Presented as a welcoming gift to the Pilgrims by Native Americans, the cranberry was likely served at the very first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. The settlers called the vibrant red fruit crane berries, because the blossoms resemble the head and bill of the cranes that frequented cranberry bogs. An important food source, Native Americans also used this brightly colored berry to dye blankets and weavings, and made medicinal poultices from brewed cranberries.

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