Cranberries: Not just for Thanksgiving

November 19, 2014 9:06 PM

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Cranberries: Not just for Thanksgiving

Of the many purported super-foods, one that originates from North America is the cranberry. Grown in bogs, cranberries are harvested in late fall, just in time for Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners. But this berry has virtues that go far beyond the pretty red blob on the plate wedged between mashed potatoes and stuffing.

A favorite food of Native Americans, cranberries were eaten fresh, juiced, cooked into other foods, or dried and eaten for energy. One favorite food included cranberries and crushed nuts (often acorns) in animal fat. When traveling long distances, such a snack provided concentrated energy.

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