Cranberries: the official unofficial fruit of the holiday season. Cranberry sauce, cranberry cookies, cranberry juice, cranberry muffins, and the ever popular Craisin… the possibilities are endless. This “superfruit” is jam packed with antioxidants and health benefits galore! I can speak for anyone who has ever had a UTI in saying that the cranberry is a miracle fruit. The name “cranberry” comes from “craneberry”, because when the English settlers first saw the fruit, they thought to themselves, “Blimey! This wee berry and its expanding flower, stem, calyx, and petals resemble the neck, head, and bill of crane. Tis a jolly good treat! Cheers!” (I am fairly confident that those were the exact words.) Cranberries are grown in bogs and are native to North America.
This holiday is dedicated to reminding us of the nutritious, sweet, tiny tangy treat that is the cranberry.
How to Celebrate
Eat cranberry something today. There are tons of tasty recipes out there, from dessert items to side dishes for your Thanksgiving table. A personal favorite? The white chocolate cranberry cookie. (The recipe I use, handed down through my family, is called “Hootie Creek Cookies”, but that name confuses me.) I have found through experimentation that you can sub in dried cranberries for raisins in most recipes for a tangy twist on a classic.
Quote of the Day
“But I’m in so deep. You know I’m such a fool for you.
You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha.
Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to,
Do you have to let it linger? “
– Linger, The Cranberries
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