The name "cranberry" derives from the Pilgrim name for the fruit, "craneberry", so called because the small, pink blossoms that appear in the spring resemble the head and bill of a Sandhill crane. European settlers adopted the Native American uses for the fruit and found the berry a valuable bartering tool. Though cranberries are tiny, they are potent. Packed with nutrition, they are high in vitamin C and in fiber.
The versatility of the cranberry fruit with its pleasant tartness gleams like ruby-coloured jewels on holiday tables to provide us with a visual pleaser and a dose of nutrition as well.
This family favourite is simply the best. A sweet, tart delicious sauce or relish is commonly used at Thanksgiving Holiday and in the Christmas Season and eaten in conjunction with Turkey.
See my serving suggestions under Inspirations.