Yeah, I know it’s craNberries, but craMberries seems more appropriate for something you eat at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In the USA, cranberries are cultivated in cranberry bogs in the northeast corner of the country. Cranberry sauce was invented by American Indians of the northeast. In the USA, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, cranberry sauce is a traditional side dish, whether anybody eats it or not.
I love it.
If you’ve ever eaten one raw, you know that cranberries are quite acidic, and serves you right. What were you thinkin’? No, cranberries usually need to be sweetened with honey or sugar. Lots of honey or sugar. Because their high acidity makes them almost imperishable, they were one of the first fruits shipped commercially from the American colonies back to Europe. They went for four shillings a jar on the Strand in London early in the 18th century, if you must know.
Cranberries are usually eaten cooked, though they are very good raw and chopped in a relish with oranges, walnuts and sugar. If you have a Jay C store in your neck of the woods, you’re in luck, because they make a really really good cranberry relish.
The Indians of the northeast also used cranberries to make pemmican. This was raw cranberries, dried meat and animal fat pounded together to make a travel food which was said to keep indefinitely. It sounds like something that would keep indefinitely.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Send a character to a Thanksgiving feast. It can be a Feast of Gratitude or something in a different culture than United States of America Norman Rockwell white midwestern style.