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12401.  Mon Dec 20, 2004 2:36 pm Reply with quote

Cranberries were not cultivated until 1816 when Henry Hall, a Cape Cod farmer, noticed that the biggest and juiciest wild cranberries were exposed to ocean breezes and sand. When he added sand to his cultivation experiments - sprinkling it over the plant, apparently - he found success.

Source: The Economist, Volume 373 No. 8406, Dec 18th-31st, 2004

12428.  Tue Dec 21, 2004 5:30 pm Reply with quote

Drinking concentrated cranberry juice also helps prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), especially during pregnancy. It stops E. choli from sticking to the walls of the bladder and eurethra.

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12439.  Wed Dec 22, 2004 5:57 am Reply with quote

Also, according to Wisconsin's Cranberry Expo Ltd and Ag In The Classroom:

Cranberries are one of only three fruits native to North America, the others being the blueberry and the Concorde grape.

They are protected from frost by a thin coating of ice.

They bounce when ripe (another name for them is 'bounceberry'). For perfect ripeness, seven bounces is ideal.

Cranberries got their name because the appearance of the bud and small, pink flower looks like the neck, head, and bill of a Sandhill crane. Cranberries were originally called craneberries.

Cranberries are also used to make pemmican, a Native American dried fish or meat dish. The high acidity of cranberries helps to preserve alkaline food. (S:

38432.  Sun Dec 11, 2005 1:49 pm Reply with quote

In Scandinavia, there's another version called the lingonberry. It's a lot smaller, and not nearly as dry as the cranberry - much sweeter.


38475.  Sun Dec 11, 2005 2:36 pm Reply with quote

Lingonberry jam is wonderful. So is proper cranberry sauce made with fresh berries - much nicer than that stuff you get in jars.

38489.  Sun Dec 11, 2005 2:56 pm Reply with quote

That said, I've just found two of my favourite things combined in Holland & Barrett: dried cranberries dusted with cinnamon.

K1 says YUM.

38496.  Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:00 pm Reply with quote

Yummy - we get dried sweetened cranberries over here. They're called Craisins.


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