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Home made cranberry juice
Apple-cranberry crumble pie
Cranberry apple cobbler
Cranberry clusters
Cranberry crepes
Cranberry eggnog cheesecake
Cranberry mold
Cranberry_orange crunch muffins
Cranberry, strawberry and raspberry crisp

Cranberry walnut cake
Double Cranberry, soda bread
Lemon-cranberry pound cake
Pear-cranberry crumble
Orange-cranberry topping
Spiced whole cranberry sauce

Home made cranberry juice

Cranberries are one of the only three native North American Fruits (Concord grapes, and blueberries being the others). To the eastern Indians, cranberries were known as sassamanesh. The Cape Cod Pequots and the South Jersey Leni- Lenape tribes called the little red berry ibimi or bitter berry. But it was the Pilgrims who gave the cranberry its modern name. To them, the pink cranberry blossoms resembled the heads of cranes; therefore the word crane berry later contracted to cranberry. Early American sailors carried barrels of cranberries while at sea as a source of vitamin C, much like the British limeys carried limes aboard ships.
Acid peat soil, sand and fresh water supply are the three main requirements in cranberry growing. It requires three to five years for a new plantation to bear a crop large enough to harvest, but with care and vigilance against frost damage, cranberry vines will bear indefinitely. Some producing cranberry bogs are over 100 years old. Fresh cranberries are low in calories (1/2 cup has only 25 calories and are high in vitatim C). They are also low in sodium.

Fresh cranberries, with much of the crop grown in Massachusetts, and Wisconsin, USA are available from September to December.
Canned cranberries generally have sugar added to offset the berry's tartness.
The closest to fresh cranberries are frozen. Packed in plastic bags, they are sold in most supermarkets year round.
Over the years, cranberries have found their way on our tables and provide appealing appearance and distinctive taste. They seem to be a "natural marriage" for turkeys, chicken, gamebirds and other game animals. A great number of desserts are created with cranberries. The picture above combines cranberries, strawberries and raspberries to make a crisp that is an easy dessert to make.


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