NATIONAL EAT A CRANBERRY DAY
National Eat a Cranberry Day is celebrated each year on November 23.
Found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs, or trailing vines, that grow up to 7 ft. long and 8 in. high. Their stems are slender and wiry and they have small evergreen leaves.
The cranberry flowers are dark pink with very distinct reflexed petals, leaving the style and stamens fully exposed and pointing forward. The fruit of the cranberry plant is a berry that is larger than the leaves and is initially white but when ripe, turns a deep red.
- Have an acidic taste that can overwhelm their sweetness.
- Are a major commercial crop in certain American states; Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries, with over half of U.S. production.
- Are mostly processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam or sweetened dried cranberries.
- Cranberry sauce is considered an indispensable part of a traditional American Thanksgiving meal.
- Raw cranberries have been marketed as a “superfruit” due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities.
- There are three to four species of cranberry, classified in two sections.
- White cranberry juice is made from regular cranberries that have been harvested after the fruits are mature, but before they have attained their characteristic dark red color.
- Cranberry wine is made in some of the cranberry-growing regions of the United States.
- Laboratory studies indicate that extracts containing cranberry may have anti-aging effects.
The word cranberry comes from “craneberry”; first named by the early European settlers in America who felt the expanding flower, stem, calyx and petals resembled the neck, head and bill of a crane.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Eat a Cranberry Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.