Thanksgiving Trivia #2 - Cranberry Facts

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and it is time once again to start preparing for the fall season. Besides dreaming of succulent turkey and the trimmings, this means readying holiday dinnerware, organizing cookware, polishing silver, and searching for new and exciting recipes and great holiday trivia! Liven up your Thanksgiving holiday with Turkey Trivia #2 - Cranberry Facts. Did you know...
  • The Pilgrims called today’s cranberry a “craneberry” because its blossoms looked like the head and bill of a Sandhill crane.
  • Cranberries were carried aboard American whaler and mariner sea crossings in an attempt to prevent scurvy.
  • Many people believe cranberries live on water alone, but fascinatingly enough, they are grown on vines in bogs originally created by glacial deposits. A fence is installed around the entire growing area of a bog, in an attempt to prevent the cranberries from drifting away. They are covered with a layer of sand which acts like a blanket. Cranberries can survive only in these stringent conditions.
  • If undamaged, a cranberry vine can survive more than 150 years.
  • If you drop a load of cranberries on a declining slope, the firmest and freshest berries can bounce as high as 4 inches while going downhill. Soft and bruised berries will not bounce, therefore separating themselves from the quality fruit.
  • Fruit nibblers beware! Raw cranberries are sour and bitter. Be sure to stir in some sort of sweetener; mixing in sugar or honey should help considerably.
  • As well as bouncing, cranberries can float using the same internal air pockets that help propel ripe cranberries off the ground.

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