Cranberry Trivia

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Here are some fun facts about cranberries, an American native and a favorite seasonal ingredient in traditional holiday recipes.

  • By November, nearly all of the cranberry crop has been harvested. Millions and millions of the little hard, tart ruby berries grown in the bogs of Cape Cod (Massachusetts), New Jersey, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, and the Maritime Provinces of Canada have been bagged fresh or earmarked for juice or canned sauce.
  • The cranberry is a genuine Native American, Vaccinium macrocarpon, a member of the heath family and a relative of the blueberry and huckleberry.
  • The Pequot Indians of Cape Cod called the berry ibimi, meaning bitter berry, and combined crushed cranberries with dried venison and fat to make pemmican.
  • The Pilgrims and those who followed appreciated the wild berries but did not start to cultivate them until 1816, when a bog was planted and tended in Dennis on Cape Cod. By then, American and Canadian sailors on long voyages knew they could eat cranberries to protect themselves from scurvy—making them a cranberry counterpart to British "limeys."

 

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Please add information about

By maertel

Please add information about cranberry bushes/trees! Thanks.

In my community garden,

By Kaiabneter

In my community garden, gardeners from Africa plant Huckleberry and eat the greens only. Most article mention the berries but not the greens. There are precautions listed about this plant. Can you tell me more about the plant and where I may obtain seeds that I can eat the greens without worrying about gastrointestial problems

The Lingonberry!I would love

By Allyson Kelly

The Lingonberry!I would love to see an article on vaccinium vitis-idaea. It will grow well in my clime, apparently! My swedish heritage bades me to grow this relative of the cranberry! Has anyone else tried this plant?

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