November 21st is National Cranberry Day!
Here are today’s five things to know about cranberries:
Another name for cranberries is “bounceberries” because they bounce when ripe.
Some Native Americans called the cranberry “ibimi” which means “bitter berry.”
Native Americans and Pilgrims used cranberries as a red dye.
The cranberry is one of only a handful of major fruits native to North America. Others include the blueberry and Concord grape.
During the days of wooden ships and iron men, American vessels carried cranberries. It was the cranberry’s generous supply of vitamin C that prevented scurvy.
Today’s Food History
- 1941 ‘King Biscuit Time’ radio show was first broadcast from Helena, Arkansas. It is the longest running daily radio program in history, broadcasting live blues music, interviews, etc. It is named for its sponsor, King Biscuit Flour. The ‘King Biscuit Flour Hour’ rock and roll radio program took its name from ‘King Biscuit Time.’
- 1970 ‘I Think I Love You’ by the Partridge Family is #1 on the charts.
- 1980 28,000 Canada geese spend a few nights on Silver Lake in Rochester, Minnesota.